Ekathimerini (Greek) website reports today (April 23, 2010) that Armenia's ruling coalition said yesterday that it had suspended the ratification in parliament of peace accords with Turkey.
Christian Armenia and Muslim Turkey signed accords in October 2009 to establish diplomatic relations and open their land border, bidding to overcome the legacy of the World War I mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
Turkey demanded that ethnic Armenian forces pull back from the front lines of Nagorno-Karabakh as a condition for ratifying the peace deal. Armenia said this is a totally separate issue.
The peace deal -- endorsed by the U.S., Russia, and the European Union -- is the closest Armenia and Turkey have come to addressing the legacy of last century's mass killings.
Armenia claims that Turkey was responsible for the killing of as many as one and one-half million Armenians during a World War I genocide. Turkey refuses to recognize the Armenian genocide, and denies that it occurred.