By Edmond Y. Azadian
The blame game has culminated into the waiting game. Armenia and Turkey are at loggerheads at this time on the issue of Protocols signed between the two countries last October in Switzerland.
This waiting game has its domestic and international components. On the domestic front, none of the parties will face major hurdles in approving the Protocols in their respective parliaments, as both executive branches have controlling votes in their legislatures.
The Turkish Parliament has not yet taken up the Protocol issue and the Armenian side is waiting for Ankara to take the first step. Therefore, both parties are waiting to see which one will blink first.
The Protocol issue had divided the Armenian public into opposing camps. Although when push comes to shove, the parliament has the votes to overrule. However, public opinion consensus is important in this kind of crucial matter.
Recently, President Serge Sargisian gave a major speech at Chatham House in London, laying out the major tenets of Armenia’s foreign policy. Armenia-Turkish relations, the Karabagh and Genocide issues had their best exposes in that speech which led the president to announce that upon his return to Yerevan, he would present the Protocols to the parliament for deliberation, which he eventually did.