In a move criticized by Ankara, but welcomed by Yerevan and the world’s far-flung Armenian Diaspora, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution that formally recognizes the mass killings and deportations of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.
U.S. President Barack Obama will refrain from describing the 1915 mass deportations and killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide, it emerged on Thursday.
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.
Events timed to the 101st anniversary of the Ottoman-era Armenian Genocide and highlighting humanitarian issues as part of the Aurora Prize initiative have been on in the Armenian capital of Yerevan since April 22.
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.
Hollywood actor and activist George Clooney’s visit to Armenia on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is highlighted by international media in its coverage of the events.
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.
“Today, on April 24, 2016, I declare for the entire world to hear: there will be no purging or deportation of the Armenians of Artsakh. We will not allow another Armenian Genocide. We - means the Armenian nation, all its segments, we - means our Armenian consolidation,” Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated in his message on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Last week’s resolution adopted by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, will be a signal for other countries to consider starting an Armenian Genocide recognition process, said Hayk Demoyan, the head of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan.
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.