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Armenian News... A Topalian... Erdogan offers condolence to Armenians April 24th 20017

RFE/RL Report
Turkey's Erdogan Again Offers Condolences To Armenians
April 24, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday again expressed his
condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed in the Ottoman
Empire a century ago.

Erdogan blamed their deaths on "the harsh conditions of the First
World War," rather than a deliberate government policy of
extermination, in a statement issued on the 102nd anniversary of the
start of the 1915 mass killings and deportations of Armenians.

"This year, I once again pay our respects to the Ottoman Armenians who
lost their lives under the harsh conditions of the First World War and
convey my condolences to their descendants," said the statement read
out during a memorial service held at an Armenian cathedral in

"Turks and Armenians, as two ancient nations of this region, have
shared a common history and culture in this part of the world, where
they lived side by side for a thousand years," it said, adding that
they should "heal the wounds of the past."

Erdogan has issued similar statements in recent years. Just like its
predecessors, his government vehemently denies that the deaths of an
estimated 1.5 million Armenian subjects of the Ottoman Empire
constituted genocide. It has strongly condemned foreign governments
and parliaments for recognizing the Armenian genocide.

In an April 2015 speech, Erdogan sought to justify the mass
deportations of Armenian civilians ordered by the Ottoman regime of
"the Young Turks" in 1915. He said the "the relocation of the Armenian
population in Anatolia to southern lands" was a legitimate response to
violence by "Armenian gangs provoked by various powers."

The Turkish leader referred to the Syrian desert where hundreds of
thousands of Armenians -- mostly women, children and elderly people --
were killed or starved to death. Scores of others died on their way to
the Deir ez-Zor camps.

Accordingly, Erdogan stuck to the long-standing official Turkish line
that Ottoman Armenians died in smaller numbers and as a result of
civil strife. Any claim to the contrary is a "malevolent" attack on
Turkey, he declared at the time.

In his latest statement, Erdogan acknowledged Armenians' "great
contributions" to the Ottoman Empire and modern-day Turkey. He also
said the Turkish government wants to "preserve the memory of the
Ottoman Armenians and the Armenian cultural heritage in the future."

Erdogan expressed first-ever official Turkish condolences to the
Armenians in April 2014. The move, which heralded a softening of
Ankara's traditional policy of aggressive genocide denial, was
dismissed by Armenia as disingenuous. Yerevan insists that only an
explicit Turkish recognition of the genocide can pave the way for
Turkish-Armenian reconciliation. 

RFE/RL Report 
Turkey Unhappy With Trump's Armenian Genocide Statement
April 25, 2017

Turkey has strongly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for
officially acknowledging that 1.5 million Armenians were deported and
killed by the Ottoman Turks during the First World War.

Just like his predecessors, Trump stopped stop short of describing the
mass killings as genocide in a statement issued on Monday. He spoke
instead of "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century."

"Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported,
massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the
Ottoman Empire," added his statement.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denounced the statement, saying that it
contains "misinformation and false definitions" provided by "some
Armenian circles in the U.S."

"We expect from the new U.S. Administration not to accredit the
one-sided historical narrative of these circles which are known for
their tendency to violence and hate speech and to adopt an approach
which will take into consideration the sufferings of all sides," said
a ministry spokesman.

The leading Armenian-American advocacy groups were just as critical of
Trump's statement issued on the 102nd anniversary of the start of the
Armenian genocide. They denounced his apparent desire not to anger
Turkey, a longtime U.S. ally, with an explicit recognition of the

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush used similar
language in their April 24 statements. The White House press
secretary, Sean Spicer, pointed to this fact when he commented on
Trump's failure to use the word "genocide."

"I think if you look back to the language that President Obama,
President Bush have used, the language the President used is
consistent with all of that," Spicer told reporters in Washington.

Earlier on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again
offered his condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed in the
Ottoman Empire. But he blamed their deaths on "the harsh conditions of
the First World War," rather than a deliberate government policy of

The current and former Turkish governments have claimed that Ottoman
Armenians died in smaller numbers and as a result of civil
strife. They have condemned the 26 nations -- including France,
Germany, Italy and Russia -- for officially recognizing the mass
killings as genocide to date.

Most Western historians specializing in research of crimes against
humanity dismiss the official Turkish position. "The historical record
on the Armenian Genocide is unambiguous and documented by overwhelming
evidence," the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
said in 2007.

[this report refers to Turkish fundamental values that lead to and 
underpinned the Armenian Genocide]

Daily Sabah, Turkey
April 24 2017
Turkey condemns flag burning incident in Armenian capital Yerevan

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the burning of a Turkish flag
during the commemorations of 1915 events in the Armenian capital
Yerevan on Monday.

"It has been reported in the press that during the ceremony of the
anniversary of 1915 events, a Turkish flag was burned in the capital
of Armenia, Yerevan, on 24 April 2017," the statement released by the
ministry said.

Saying that a flag symbolizes "all the fundamental values, beliefs and
the freedom of a nation," the ministry added, "The attack against our
flag which is considered to be synonymous with the existence of the
Turkish nation have given rise to strong resentment and reaction among
our people."

"In respect of the importance attributed by the Turkish nation to
these values and to the Turkish flag, we strongly condemn this action
and its perpetrators," the statement concluded. 

Washington Free Beacon
April 24 2017
Obama’s UN Ambassador Apologizes for Admin Not Calling Mass Killings of Armenians a Genocide
BY: Andrew Kugle 

Former President Barack Obama's ambassador to the United Nations apologized Monday for the Obama administration not recognizing the century-old massacre of more than a million Armenians as genocide.

Samantha Power issued the apology via Twitter on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, which commemorates the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 and 1916.

According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum , as many as 1.2 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman authorities over those two years.

Back in 2008, then-candidate Obama promised that if he were to become president, he and his administration would officially recognize the killings as genocide.

"I also share with Armenian Americans–so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors–a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history," a 2008 Obama campaign statement said.

Obama failed to follow through on his promise year after year of his presidency.

The United States has not recognized the mass killings largely because doing so would anger Turkey, a longtime U.S. ally and NATO member.

President Donald Trump has followed in his predecessors' footsteps. In a statement released by the White House on Monday to recognize Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, the Trump administration did not use the word "genocide."

"Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire," Trump said in the statement. "I join the Armenian community in America and around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives and the suffering endured by so many."

Trump referred to the massacre of Armenians as "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.
Hollande: France should use every opportunity to tell Turkey that this was Genocide

We should not stand back from the path of the Armenian Genocide denial criminalization, French President François Hollande stated on Monday, speaking at the event commemorating the 102 nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide organized by the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF) in Paris.

“It was my duty to come here and honor the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims. We should always be mobilized, since the struggle for the memory of the tragedy is a struggle,” Hollande noted.

“The struggle is for denying any distortion of the historical truth. France stands by the Armenian people, which I proved by my visit to Armenia. Only the historical truth can unite. I should say that we should not stand back from the path of the Armenian Genocide denial criminalization. Denial is not an opinion but a denial of the truth,” he added.

In his words, France should use every opportunity to tell Turkey that this was a Genocide and it should be recognized. Hollande also informed that an archive on the Armenian Genocide will be established. “As a result of various human rights violations in the world today, April 24 reminds us that we should act. Know that there is an indestructible brotherly tie between the Armenians and French.”

The ceremony in commemoration of the 102 nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is held near the statue of Komitas at Canada Square.
Garo Paylan: Every crime that goes unpunished causes recurrence 
of this crime Armenian member of Turkey parliament demands 
legislature to present information on consequences of 1915 deportation

Garo Paylan, Istanbul Armenian MP of the opposition pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey, submitted a written petition to the chairmanship of the Turkish parliament regarding Armenian Genocide.

In the petition, Paylan demanded that the legislature present information on the consequences of the state decision on deporting Armenians on May 27, 1915, according to Agos Armenian bilingual weekly of Istanbul.

He noted that Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis, and Assyrians were massacred as a result of the implementation of this decision.

“The consequences of this decision have not yet been studied for 102 years on,” noted the Armenian member of the Turkish parliament. “With the implementation of this decision, we lost a large number of human lives, and thousands of private and cultural property belonging to Armenians was embezzled by the state, or other people.”
18 Survivors of Genocide Live in Armenia
24 April 2017, 22:24 

Ahead of the memorial day of the Armenian Genocide the world focused on The Promise, a historical drama that has successfully overcome the Turkish campaign in the world and in Armenia.

It is hard to count how many films have been made since the calamity that took place a century ago but the fact is that even 100 years will not prevent the descendants of the Genocide survivors and people living in different parts of the world irrespective of their age and ethnicity, political views from condemning the greatest crime against humanity committed at the beginning of the 20 th century. It’s hard to imagine that people who are over a century old are living beside us, in our country maybe also in our town. An event in their life is not only clearly related to the year 1915 but also reflects the reality that took place in their lives. The witnesses-survivors of the genocide are people who were displaced from their places of birth, who lost their families and friends, homes and gardens, property, faced cruelty when young, whose destinies were changed.

Each of them has a story and memory that cannot be erased every bit of which has been pictured in different movies, including The Promise.

As of April 2017, in Armenia there live 18 people who survived the Armenian Genocide, including 4 men. The number of witness-survivors is getting fewer every year. In 2014 they were 39, including 25 women and 14 men. According to the State Social Security Service, in April 2016 there were 21 survivors of the genocide, including 4 men.

The people who were born in the former Ottoman empire before 31 December 1915 receive an allowance in the amount of 50% of their pension and an allowance of 100,000 drams.

Ahead of the 100 th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Armenpress implemented the Witness project which published the story of 32 survivors of the Genocide in three languages for two years. The project was translated and published in other media too.

Sirvard Atajyan, the 105-year-old lady from Musaler, cannot walk to the memorial, her health is not good. The survivor of the genocide gives all her hopes and her human warmth to her great grandchild. Mike who does not hide her special love and care for her great grandmother will walk to the Genocide memorial with his parents.

[a continuing source of false analysis leading to denialism: see how 
they argue their case for what they call Armenian allegations while 
there are huge number of books, article and academic papers from
authors from all over the world. The experts they mention are Turks
or in the pay of Turks]. 

AzerNews, Azerbaijan
April 24 2017 
"Armenian genocide: real history or historical lie" conference kicks off in Baku
24 April 2017 1
By Rashid Shirinov 

A scientific and practical conference "Armenian genocide: real history or historical lie" kicked off in Baku on April 24.

Representatives of various state structures, MPs and foreign participants attended the conference organized by the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons.

In his remarks at the event, Secretary of the State Commission on Ismayil Akhundov highlighted the goal of the conference and the issues to be discussed at the event.

Chairman of Turkey's Talat Pasa Committee Ali Erdinc, addressing the event, delivered a lecture on "What actually happened on April 24, 1915" Response to Armenian lies, and the importance of Azerbaijan-Turkey relations in this regard".

He said that the committee aims to reveal the groundless Armenian claims and increase the world community`s awareness of realities in order to ensure territorial integrity and national security of Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“We must fight against Armenian lies, hindering the development of Turkey and Azerbaijan, otherwise it will increase,” he said.

Erdinc reminded that during 1915-1918 Armenians killed tens of thousands of innocent people in Van, Istanbul, Erzurum and other cities of Turkey, as well as in Baku and other Azerbaijani territories.

“We need to inform the world community about these atrocities of the Armenians and not give them the opportunity to deceive the world community by hiding their criminal acts,” he noted.

The Armenians committed genocide of the Azerbaijanis in the beginning of the 20th century. This genocide was carried out with extreme violence in Baku, Shamakhi and Guba counties, as well as in Karabakh, Zangezur, Nakhchivan, Lankaran and other regions of Azerbaijan. Armenians killed many civilians in these areas, burned and razed to the ground villages and destroyed Azerbaijani monuments of national culture.

Azerbaijani MP Isa Habibbayli, in turn, noted that Azerbaijan has always fought and continues to fight against Armenian lies.

“The basis of work in this direction was laid by national leader Heydar Aliyev, and today it is continued by President Ilham Aliyev,” he said.

Habibbayli noted that today Armenians continue to spread lies and it is necessary to strengthen work on the fight against Armenian lies.

The Armenians falsify history and include a part of Anatolia and other territories in the map of ‘Great Armenia’. “Therefore, we, Azerbaijani and Turkish scientists, should jointly fight against falsifications of the Armenians,” the MP said.

Former Ombudsman of Moldova Aurelia Grigoriu, in turn, noted that Armenia is a mono-ethnic state and it does not want to see representatives of other nations in the country.

“Therefore, the topic discussed today is important not only for Azerbaijan, Turkey and the Turkic peoples, but is also relevant for all peoples of the world. Armenians actively use foreign media for spreading false propaganda,” she said.

Head of Department of the Presidential Library, PhD in History Nazim Mustafa, senior research fellow of the Center for Strategic Studies Araz Gurbanov, Professor of the Institute of Oriental Studies, PhD in History Solmaz Rustamova-Tohidi and others also addressed the conference.

Many historians, scholars, experts announced that the hundred-year-old lie, the so-called ‘Armenian genocide’ contradicts historical facts. Ever since Armenia came out shouting ‘genocide’,no real investigation into such allegations has ever been carried out although Turkey proposed Armenia to open its military archives and investigate the issue. Moreover, there have been many accounts which actually disproof Armenia' stance.

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