Vazgen Karapetyan –Program Coordinator at Eurasia Foundation claims that Metsamor nuclear plant would be a collabaration issue between Turkey and Armenia.
I had Mr. Karapetyan’s comments for my story about Turkey’s nuclear diplomacy. Here is the full text of Mr. Karapetyan’s comments about Metsamor: “My personal opinion is that none of the Turkish ministers is in a position to demand anything from the Armenian Government (and vice versa) as far as there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. Also, Turkey is planning to build its own nuclear power plant in the nearest future, which the neighbors of Turkey might be not happy about. As far as I know, Greece has already protested Turkey’s plans to build a nuclear power plant, which, to me, will have no serious consequences. I don’t see the Metsamor power plant as a discussion point between Armenia and Turkey until diplomatic relations between the two countries are established. I do believe that as soon as diplomatic relations are established, Metsamor (and the plans to build a new nuclear power plant in Armenia in the nearest future) will become a point of collaboration not confrontation between Armenia and Turkey.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s declarations in Swiss parliament at the end of November created a little hope about the Armenian protocols. I wrote a story about the atmosphere in both society-Turkey and Armenia- for Turkish section of Deutsche Welle (in Turkish http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6291379,00.html) For this story I interviewed Artak Shakaryan -Armenian Turcologist- but I could not use the whole interview in the story. Here ise the full text of the little interview with Artak Shakaryan:
Do you think that the president Sarkisyan still has motivation for Turkey-Armenia protocol?
Artak Shakaryan: Now, the Armenian authorities has taken nationalistic dioscourse in an attempt to save face and address the deep disappoitnment of the public. But if there is a slight opportunity for development I believe he would be glad to jump in as it is his foreign policy priority and he’d do that before the next elections.
What do Armenian people think about the protocol? Do they care about the protocol?
Armenian society is greatly dissappointed and feel out-smarted by Turks and is blaming the authorities for a weak game. They still do want the open borders but care much about the Genocide issue and the NKR problem.
What is the blocking element for the protocol?
The Azeri factor is the main if not the only one. Armenian society is not ready to the involvement of the third party to the negotiations. They do not understand why Turkey is pushing the NKR issue so hard and think that Ankara does so just because Ankara itself does not sincerely want the relations to normalize.
How do you predict the future of the protocol?
2015 is the 100th year of the Genocide and major powers will do a lot to have smth positive before that. So, I believe that the latest in 2013-2014 when ther is no major election in either Turkey or Armenia, smth will take place… a second round of the protocols or just a limited opening of the borders