No to the Turkey-Armenia protocol
The protocol forces Armenia to recognize the current border with Turkey. Why? That is an incredible concession being made by Armenia, in return for absolutely nothing. While most people are protesting the historical commission, that does not interest me as much. It is silly, but it is not as harmful in the longrun. The genocide is a fact that the whole world now recognizes, whether officially or not. The endgame in that battle is getting near, and Turkey already knows how it is going to end. That is why the commission is a mere delay tactic.
When the genocide is recognized by Turkey, the question will be reparations, and if Armenia recognizes the current borders, which is totally unncessary in order to simply establish normal diplomatic relations and an open border, it will be in a much worse position at that time.
In other words, we are giving up a lot, in return for what, being treated like human beings? Like neighbors? The people of Armenia have sacrificed a great deal over the past 18 years due to the closed border, and now Armenia has established trade routes through Georgia and Iran, as well as the air. There is no point in making such a large concession to the Turks in return for nothing at all.
No, no, no, I say. No Serzh. You may be trying to distract people from your corruption, you may be getting pressured from the West in exchange for brushing your post-election murders under the rug, but you cannot do this. You cannot act like we are on board, and that we want it.
You want a new protocol? A fair one? Here it is in one sentence, go ahead and sign it:
"Turkey and Armenia agree to establish diplomatic relations and open their land
border to trade."
And actually, it should just just read "Turkey agrees to establish...", since Armenia has agreed to have diplomatic relations and an open border this whole time.
Turkey needs this for the EU. It needs it to revive the economy of the eastern provinces. We do not need to make any concessions like this in order to get what ought to be ours to begin with.