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Armenia scraps normalization deal with Turkey

Armenia's parliament on March 2 voted for a new Sargsyan to serve as the South Caucasus nation's next president.

Armen Sarkissian was elected as President of Armenia on Friday with a large majority of the members of parliament, Reuters and TASS reported.

At a meeting today in Yerevan of Armenia's National Security Council, President Serzh Sargsyan noted the lack of progress exhibited by Turkey on the matter of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Current president Serzh Sarkisian nominated Armen Sarkisian as the ruling Republican Party's pick for president on January 19.

"Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as Armenia's President".

Sarkissian, whose candidacy was suggested by the ruling party, led by outgoing President Serzh Sargsyan, once served as the Armenian ambassador to the United Kingdom and as the country's prime minister. 90 MPs voted in favor of Sarkissian, 10 voted against him, with one bullet paper declared invalid.

"This, of course, is a very important event in the life of our people and state, and of course, is a very important milestone on the way of the establishment of the parliamentary democracy".

In October 1991, Dr. Sarkissian established the first Armenian Embassy in the West in London.

The President of Armenia on Thursday ditched agreements that would have normalised relations with Turkey, in the latest blow to efforts to end decades-long enmity between the neighbours. He has also served as the Armenian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the Holy See.

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