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Diplomatic History: The Turkey-Armenia Protocols 2 mars 2012

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Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Columbia University)March 2012,129p.

David L. Phillips *

“Diplomatic History: The Turkey-Armenia Protocols” provides an insider’s account of negotiations resulting in the 2009 Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the Protocol on the Development of Bilateral Relations between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia. Published by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Project on the Future of Diplomacy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the monograph is based on interviews with U.S. and Swiss officials involved in the mediation, as well as envoys from Turkey and Armenia.

The monograph offers a detailed history of Turkish-Armenian rapprochement beginning in 2001. It provides a blow-by-blow account of meetings mediated by Switzerland between May 21, 2008 and February 7, 2009. Signed in Zurich on October 10, 2009, the Protocols represent an unprecedented breakthrough in Turkish-Armenian relations. Failure to ratify them is a significant bilateral, regional, and international set-back.

According to David L. Phillips, the monograph’s author, “The Protocols are suspended and cannot be revived in their current form. They do, however, contain elements on the way forward suggesting cooperation between Turks and Armenians that would advance the goal of reconciliation, building momentum towards opening the Turkey-Armenia border and diplomatic recognition.”

The Diplomatic History also offers detailed recommendation aimed at (i) intensifying civil society activities, (ii) emphasizing commercial cooperation, (iii) reviving intergovernmental contact, and (iv) addressing historical issues. Phillips recently presented the Diplomatic History to the U.S. Department of State and at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

* David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

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