“No matter how much our and American officials insist that the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations is going on without preconditions, Turkey has not abandoned them after all,” said Vahan Hovannisian, a member of the nationalist party’s ruling Bureau. “Furthermore, it has skillfully managed to build the whole negotiating package around its preconditions.”
Dashnaktsutyun leaders again cautioned that despite their harsh criticism of the current Armenian leadership they are not demanding Sarkisian’s resignation yet. “As long as there is a possibility of preventing the signing of a final [Turkish-Armenian and Armenian-Azerbaijani] agreement and contributing to the success of that cause, such a demand can not be logical,” said Armen Rustamian, head of the party’s governing body in Armenia.
Rustamian added that Dashnaktsutyun, which pulled out of Armenia’s coalition government in April, will push for Sarkisian’s resignation if he signs up to the existing basic principles of Karabakh peace drafted by the U.S., Russian and French mediators. The latter hope that Sarkisian and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, will finalize a framework peace deal when they meet again next month.