South Asia and Beyond

‘Erdogan Wants Armenian Genocide To Be Buried, Forgotten’

New Delhi: Over a century ago, Armenian Christians in eastern Turkey were subjected to genocide and mass expulsion by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid. It is considered to be among the earliest examples of “ethnic cleansing”, with over one million Armenians killed. It is seen as the forerunner of the ethnic cleansing practiced by the Bosnian Serbs during the Bosnian civil war of 1992-95. To date, Turkey refuses to acknowledge that such a massacre happened, says Armenia’s Ambassador to India Armen Martirosyan. On the anniversary of the genocide (Apr. 24, 1915), Ambassador Martirosyan told StratNews Global’s Surya Gangadharan that modern Turkey refuses to establish diplomatic relations with Armenia, insisting that the genocide did not happen. Turkey’s current President Erdogan has also stalled protocols signed in 2009 with Armenia that would have normalised relations. Armenia’s support for its fellow Christians in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in neighbouring Azerbaijan has added to the animus with Istanbul. Ambassador Martirosyan believes it is important that Turkey acknowledge the genocide to ensure future acts of this nature do not happen and more importantly, do not go unpunished. To us here in India, it brings to mind the 1971 genocide by Pakistan in former East Pakistan (later Bangladesh), which remains unacknowledged by Islamabad nearly 50 years on. The perpetrators of those crimes got away unpunished. The Armenian Genocide, therefore, holds crucial lessons for the world.

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Surya Gangadharan

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1 Comment

  • Mr.Surya,
    The topic discussed above is important, interesting but morely, historical aspects are vital.
    So here my question is clerar
    1.What do the Turks think about this episode of history, isnt there a turkish ambassador over there to whom you can discuss. 1.World War history in Turkey is not so simple to attribute propagandist views in it. Otherwis ethere will not be a proper and just understanding .
    2.Also more interestingly,NK is not simply “support of Armenia to fellow christians” It is the invasion and occupation of NK the Azeri territory by Armenia. This propaganda !!
    Here as well you can communicate with azeri representative so that we can learn more about background of these issues
    Umit Yardim

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