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YEREVAN. – No negotiations are running or run between Yerevan and Ankara on normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations, Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian said at a joint press conference with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Yerevan on Monday.

According to him, negotiations run earlier and ended up by signing Armenian-Turkish protocols, which Turkey does not respect and does not implement them, at the same time putting forward preconditions.

“I do not believe Turkey has the right to set preconditions for normalizing bilateral relations. It should be realized without any preconditions, this is the position of both Armenia and international community and this is what [Secretary] Clinton has repeated for many times,” Nalbandian stressed.

To note, protocols on normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey were signed on October 10, 2009 in Zurich. However, the ratification of protocols in both parliaments was suspended due to the unconstructive position of Turkey, as the latter put forward preconditions after signing the protocols.

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