Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No one doubts that Genocide happened in Turkey in 1915 – Turkish paper

April 10, 2012 00:04
Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a columnist of the Turkish Radical paper referred to the Armenian Genocide issue and presented the research results among the Armenians in Lebanon conducted by his college.
The Turkish journalist mentions that his friend visited the Armenian district in Beirut and he is assured that even if 1,000 years pass the Armenian Issue will not be forgotten.
“My friend mentions that for the Armenians there it’s if the Genocide occurred yesterday and that way of thinking is transferred from generation to generation. Turkey only denies it hoping that one day the issue will be forgotten. But Turkey does not have any other policy for the genocide than threatening those who put it on the agenda.
After the Justice and Democracy Party came to power many things changed but they have developed nothing but denial policy for a 100 years old issue.
Currently more than 20 countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide and that number continues to grow. The countries which have not recognized the Armenian Genocide have not done so because they don’t believe it, it is because they don’t benefit from recognizing it.
The bill on recognizing the Armenian Genocide is in the US Senate again. But Iran and Syria are on the agenda so we think it will not pass. Well, but what will happen after 10 or 20 years?
Because Turkey has deep fears, it is not able to find a proper solution for this issue. The indifference towards this issue brings forward many serious issues. It is a trump card for everyone who wishes to exclude Turkey from a given platform. Well we already know how Turkey will respond and what words it will use. If you want to exclude Turkey from Europe show the trump card and by Turkey’s reaction you will see that it is not a European country.
When Sarkozy brought the Armenian Bill to the agenda, of course he wanted to get the votes of the Armenians but he also wanted to show that Turkey cannot be a member of the EU.
Genocide is a legal term. The founder of the term Raphael Lemkin mentioned when creating it that he has taken into consideration the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. This means the UN’s Genocide conception was created based on the events of 1915. Nobody in the world doubts that in 1915 the Armenian Genocide occurred. Currently it is discussed how much modern Turkey is responsible for it and towards whom.
I also want to mention that there is no legal discussion in the land compensation issue. There is no international legal mechanism which could demand land from Turkey based on the Armenian Issue,” Cengiz Aktar wrote.

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