By Edmond Azadian
Many people entertained a very naive view that the protocols signed between Armenia and Turkey could take on a life of their own and create some facts on the ground, which we may never reverse.
Also, Armenian policymakers pinned the hope on the international community by thinking that sending the ball to the Turkish court could give Yerevan the upper hand in its negotiations with Turkey. But it turns out that despite having the ball in its court, Ankara will not nudge it away from its perceived interests, no matter what. The test came at the Obama-Erdogan meeting at the White House, which lasted four times the anticipated time slot, and ran into a diplomatic snag, which caused the resignation of the Turkish ambassador in Washington.
Among the issues discussed between the two heads of states were the Protocols signed between Armenia and Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had a list of goods, which he has been able to peddle successfully in Washington.
One of the issues which have stopped Turkey’s admission into the European Union — the Cyprus problem — was not even brought to the negotiation table. Although the Turkish daily Hurriyet, in its December 9 issue, states that President Obama has threatened Prime Minister Erdogan that the US Congress may adopt the Armenian Genocide Resolution should Turkey fail or delay the ratification of the protocols. That may not be true, or even if it is true, it has not made any impression on Erdogan. Because, coming out of the White House, even at a press conference at Johns Hopkins University, Erdogan has adamantly stuck to his denialist gun by stating, “We absolutely refute the Genocide accusations. That is an outright lie. I call upon supporters of that notion to come up with the proof. Our ancestors could not have committed a genocide.”
In view of this blatant denial, the joint committee to study the Armenian Genocide will be stillborn, since Mr. Erdogan knows in advance the conclusion of the yet-to-be-formed historical commission.