By Varoujan Sirapian
Since the month of August 2009, Armenians, in the diaspora as well as in Armenia, have been preoccupied by what is called generally “the Protocols,” that is to say, the announcement followed by the signature of protocols on the diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey that took place in Zurich on October 10.
There has been considerable agitation by certain people, based, it appears to me, mainly on speculations rather than on facts or certainty.
I read and I hear, “the protocols signed by Armenia and Turkey encounter a vigorous opposition both in the diaspora and in Armenia.”
Can one consider a few scores (or even hundreds) of demonstrators, or as I have seen in Yerevan in the beginning of October, a few stands where they were trying with difficulty to have some petitions signed as “vigorous opposition?” The opinions of politicians, intellectuals and also the men in the street that I talked to were very divided and discreet. A large majority in Armenia and in the diaspora are waiting to see what the concrete results of the protocols and the outcome of the events will be. Many believe that this is all a part of the political game and that the signature was especially a way for the major powers not to lose face as they have been the originators of these protocols and that they had come to Zurich for that occasion to assist the “show.” The daily analyses in the Turkish media since the signature do not give the impression that the Turkish parliament is prepared to ratify the protocols, at least not immediately. In other respects, in a customarily provocative manner, the overbearing Prime Minister Erdogan’s linking the question of Artsakh (Mountainous Karabagh) with the opening of the borders became an evident denial of the signature. Armenia thus marked the first point in her favor in the eyes of the international community.
I read and I hear that “during his visits to Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Beirut, President Serge Sargisian realized the amplitude of the force of mobilization of the Diaspora against these protocols of surrender.”
A lie and exaggeration. What force! A mob of a few hundred gathered by a political organization that has lost momentum and is in search of lost credibility.