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.
“In his message, Erdogan offers his condolences to the children and grandchildren of the perished Ottoman Armenians as if they died their natural death. The fact of committing a crime is ignored by the state, which indicates that no change in Turkey’s policy has happened,” said Manoyan.
On April 24, Erdogan sent his message with condolences to Archbishop Aram Ateshian, the Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople.
“I once again commemorate the Ottoman Armenians who passed away and extend my condolences to their children and grandchildren,” reads the message.
Referring to attention from the international community, Manoyan said that during the past year, the international community has focused its attention on not only the recognition of the Genocide but also on compensation and elimination of consequences, which is a logical consequence of the recognition.
Manoyan said that Armenia should show the international community that it is not only interested in its own problems.
“The world must see that Armenia, in general, is an advocate of fighting against genocides. In this term, the Aurora Prize and the second Global Forum ‘Against the Crime of Genocide’ are a good opportunity,” he concluded.