The message issued by the Turkish president on the occasion of April 24 is “yet another failed manifestation of denialism”, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said, commenting on the statement by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In his inaugural year in office, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Ankara has warned Berlin over a bill that would recognize the Ottoman-era mass killings and deportations of Armenians as genocide ahead of a Bundestag session focused on the motion.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against formally recognizing the World War I killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Post-Centennial Reality: World reacts less vigorously to Armenian Genocide commemorations on 101st anniversary
Unlike last year’s 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, this year there is less international attention to the commemorations being held in Yerevan on the 101st anniversary of the Ottoman-era massacres.
The Regional Assembly of Sicily became the 105th local self-government body in Italy to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
The German Bundestag’s resolution on the Armenian Genocide may become a straitjacket to restrict Turkey’s political ambitions in relation with the issue of Syrian refugees, Turkish study expert Ruben Melkonyan told media in Yerevan on Wednesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s message honoring the memory of Ottoman Armenians killed during the First World War in Eastern Anatolia is another evidence of Turkey’s denial policy, Giro Manoyan, the director of the International Secretariat of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Bureau in Yerevan, told media Monday.
The resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide that was adopted in the German Bundestag on June 2 is important for Armenia in part because it addresses Armenian-Turkish relations, Giro Manoyan, a chief foreign policy spokesman for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun), told reporters in Yerevan on Friday, adding that the German government is now committed to pursuing steps in this direction.
The commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this year is accompanied by lingering tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone where about a hundred Armenian soldiers as well as civilians were killed in an aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan earlier this month.