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Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Turkish-Armenians face the challenges of status and identity

After visiting Armenia, Istanbul-Armenian Janet Petrosoglu felt the controversy of her national identity issues even stronger than before, against her prior expectation of finding some relief.

“In Armenia I felt that I would keep on living with an internal split. Turkish-Armenians are identified with Turks here; and we are still confined to living between three fires: in Turkey we are not treated as full-right citizens, because we are Armenians; in Armenia we are not treated as full-right Armenians because we are citizens of Turkey; and we are chastised by the Diaspora, because we do not voice the issue of the Armenian Genocide,” she says.

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