September 29, 2011 - 17:53 AMT
John Evans confident Armenia-Turkey protocols will be ratified

Were the U.S. sceptical about the feasibility of normalisation of Armenia-Turkey ties, it wouldn't have promoted the rapprochement, former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia said, commenting on recent developments in Yerevan-Ankara relations.

At news conference in Yerevan, John Evans expressed confidence for the countries' success in protocols' ratification in case of consecutive steps.

Turkey’s Council of Ministers returned Armenian-Turkish protocols on parliament agenda, as a “gesture of good will to Armenia.” In late August, Turkey’s Grand National Assembly withdrew 898 bills, including the Armenian-Turkish protocols signed in 2009, from the agenda. At the time, Turkish parliament considered that the issue of opening of border with Armenia is no longer actual for the country’s political course.