ANKARA and ISTANBUL (RFE/RL) — US Vice President Joe Biden pressed Turkey to unconditionally ratify its Western-backed normalization agreements with Armenia “in the months ahead” during a visit to Turkey that ended last weekend.
A senior official from the administration of President Barack Obama said the fate of the two Turkish-Armenian protocols signed in 2009 was on the agenda of Biden’s talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek.
The official said that during a breakfast meeting with Cicek on Friday, December 2, Biden “applauded the fact that the protocols for normalization with Armenia were back on the agenda of the [Turkish] parliament.”
“And he expressed his hope that theparliament will be able to act those protocols in the months ahead,” the official told US journalists traveling with Biden.
Biden met Gul later on Friday before traveling to Istanbul for separate talks with Erdogan held on Sunday.