Travel Diary: Armenia and Turkey Sign Protocols

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 11, 2009
Foreign Ministers Applaud After Armenia and Turkey Sign Protocols

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary AnswersYesterday, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signed protocols to establish diplomatic ties and to reopen the border between their two countries. Secretary Clinton said:"We had a good night in Zurich, watching the signing of the protocols between Turkey and Armenia. And now the process continues. We, obviously, are committed to doing everything we can to build on the milestone that was reached today, but it's challenging. And there is a lot of very difficult, complex issues that have to continually be discussed and worked out. But I am very pleased that we were able to get the protocols signed, and now we move on to the next phase of this."

Following the signing, the Armenians and Turks will submit the protocols to their respective parliaments for approval. For more information, the Secretary gave a readout of the ceremony while she was en route to London and a senior State Department official provided background in advance of the Secretary's trip to Europe.

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Texas, USA
October 11, 2009

Linda in Texas writes:

Nice work, Secretary Clinton.

Illinois, USA
October 11, 2009

Alyssa in Illinois writes:

I think all countries that border each other should have friendly relations.

Ohio, USA
October 11, 2009

Lisa in Ohio writes:

I have a ?, if radical muslims beliefs r originating in Saudi Arabia (like the majority of hijackers on 911) and it's being exported from there, what the heck r we doing? Another ? : why are the exposed crooks in office so hard to fire? Cost? Recall can't possibly cost as much as what they're doing to the confidence of this nation. The longer the necessary house cleaning is delayed the dirtier it'll get. Oh and have you noticed that the states aren't as united as they used 2 be? little fiefdoms. Who's afraid of getting shot for speaking up? Certainly not I. No wonder they call me nuts. and I call them cowards.

New York, USA
October 11, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Is Russia helping with this "RESET"?

If Russia has a role in these protocols, it could be the beginning of a synergy of "RESETS". I hope to see a replication of U.S.-Russia initiatives in problem-solving on geographic, policical and economic issues. If we do enough resets; we can move up to Diplomatic "Plug and Play". to

Texas, USA
October 11, 2009

Melinda in Texas writes:

Sec of State Clinton Thank you for doing a good job. Efforts toward peace relating to Turkey and Armenia-opening borders and also minds to create hope for security and world peace!

October 11, 2009

Cafer in Turkey writes:

Thank you CLINTON. We know you are friend of Turks. With your advisable help, we are ready to solve all problem.

This is many Turks feel in Ankara.

Again thanks for your effort.

New Jersey, USA
October 11, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Wow! From the outset there was the possibility that this might fall apart. We saw these concerns expressed at the background briefing before Secretary Clinton departed. But the way she and her staff managed to salvage these protocols was hugely impressive.


October 11, 2009

Rakhman in Azerbaijan writes:

It does not change anything.Armenia always will be an enemy of Turkey and Azerbaijan!

October 11, 2009

Veronika in Spain writes:

Maybe it would be adecuate to mention the good services of the Swiss diplomatic corps during more than a year, in particular the competent and useful contribution of Madame Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Swiss Foreign Minister, who facilitated brokering this protocol. Many thanks to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to honour and thus underline the importance of this step with her presence and her succesful last minute intervention in convincing the parties to come together in spite of the fragility of this endeavour. Two wonderful women's real contributions to a piece of world peace. May this continue in other troubled spots as well.

Colorado, USA
October 11, 2009

Allen in Colorado writes:

Congratulations, Mrs. Secretary. I'm happy both countries' leadership are moving forward. It was a historic event, and I know the world will endorse this. I'm optimistic the citizens of both nations will ratify the protocols, and re-establish good ties.

California, USA
October 12, 2009

Aram in California writes:

Ratifying these disastrous protocols would mean Armenia legally and irreversibly approving Turkey's notorious preconditions:

1. Turkey will forever keep 90% of indigenous Armenian lands (Western Armenia and Cilicia) and be allowed to commit many more rounds of blockade, hostility, oppression, rape, murder, massacre and genocide with impunity;

2. The veracity of the Armenian Genocide -- an incontestable fact and ongoing, unparalleled crime against humanity -- is "in question," and "in the spirit of good neighborly relations," centuries of more research "is required" to determine "what really happened in 1915?";

3. All of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh) -- indigenous Armenian land -- will be given to and forever be part of Azerbaijan.

Furthermore, it is important to point out that Western nations and Israel just want to fast track the opening and recognition of the current borders for energy, security and trade exploitation. They don't give a darn about Armenian democracy, justice, rights and security. They should be ashamed of themselves!

And, for the second time this century, Switzerland is mediating/hosting negotiations that are most detrimental to the Armenian Cause. In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne handed all of Western Armenia and Cilicia to Turkey. A 2009 accord based on these anti-Armenian protocols will verify and stamp the disastrous Lausanne legacy once and for all!

I call on all people of moral conscience, especially human rights and justice advocates worldwide, to join members and friends of the Armenian Nation in making sure that these unacceptable protocols are NEVER ratified and that full restorative justice is served to the Armenian people!

California, USA
October 12, 2009

Chris in California writes:

This will not stick, Armenians and Turks will never become friends as long as Ankara does not acknowledge the history of the Armenian Genocide and Historical Armenian lands not restored, Wilsonian Armenian proposed by Woodrow Wilson.

Washington, USA
October 12, 2009

Cindy in Washington writes:

I am so proud that you are representing our Country, and that your talents, knowledge and dedication to your job resulted in a successful negotiation when things had fallen apart between Turkey and Armenia. Truly impressive.

I could not be more proud of you, except if you were President. Maybe in a few years?

New Mexico, USA
October 16, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

It's good to see two nations finally and formally put to rest a long standing co-national tragedy almost 100 years on.

That the U.S. and Russia worked to the same ends to help them achieve this says a lot I think about U.S./Russia relations becoming a lot more functional in general, rather than dysfunctional.

However, after some of the things I've heard in the press comming from the Turkish PM lately, I would strongly suggest that Sec. Gates on his way back from Asia, pay him a courtesy call and present all the evidence of Iran's involvement in murder and mayhem in the region.

Because if the Turkish PM thinks Iran's hands have no blood on them, there's at least 85,000 dead Iraqi's who will contest that before Allah.

The Golden Mosque bombing was carried out by al-quaida, but according to at least one Iraqi official at the time, Iran had supplied AQI with the RDX (explosive) to do the job, and the official had seen the proof.

Kind of goes without saying that when a world leader is fooling themselves like this, it behooves the U.S. to do the traditional thing, and remove their blinders and shed a bright light on the subject.

Here's a fellow NATO member that seems to be clueless about the threats (multiple) we all face from Iran, and if we all arn't on the same page, with a common understanding of what the facts are, then how the heck can anyone expect to achieve the level of international cooperation neccessary to deal with the threats effectively?

While folks at Dept of State ponder what I know to be true here, let me just say from a personal standpoint that as long as world leaders don't utter bone-headed platitudes supporting a terrorist lead government with demonstatable genocidal intent, I won't have to yell at them on Dipnote...

Djamboulian B.
October 16, 2009

Berj in Lebanon writes:

Woodrow Wilson signed and have put his signature and the Great Seal of the United States of America on a MAP.

No one have the right to change that, only if you want to "remove" President Wilson from existence.

The United States Congress, the President of the United States have to follow to the point what have been said even after 200 years.


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