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Restitution of Armenian property remains unresolved

A woman places lit candles in a renovated Armenian church, perched on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, near the eastern Turkish city of Van, March 29, 2007. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas) The Armenian monastery of Varagavank stands teetering on the brink of collapse in the mountains above Lake Van, in eastern Anatolia. Built a thousand years ago, and once the seat of an archbishop, it was forsaken in 1915. The m ...

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A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens

A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens Nearly 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, during World War I. Turks by and large do not believe mass killings were planned. By TIM ARANGO  APRIL 16, 2015 CUNGUS, Turkey — The crumbling stone monastery, built into the hillside, stands as a forlorn monument to an awful past. So, too, does the decaying church on ...

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Will Ankara surprise the world on April 24?

Well, folks, come April, "G-word" season is here -- but this time with a big gong. One of the greatest chapters of shame written by the leaders of these tormented lands exactly 100 years ago remains fully open, before our eyes, 100 years later, leaving all the wounds in the hearts and minds of the Armenians also fully open. As the centennial commemoration of the great Armenian tragedy approaches, the descen ...

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Armenia: We are not Cutting Ties With Turkey

  Reminding that the bilateral accords with Turkey have been withdrawn, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said it didn’t mean that all relations are over between Turkey and Armenia. “It doesn’t mean that we are cutting all our ties with Turkey,” Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said, referring to the recent withdrawal of peace accords with Turkey which were signed in 2009. Speaking at “At the Foot o ...

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Armenia’s goal is “to continue enmity with Turkey”, Erdogan states

  Yerevan /Mediamax/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Armenia's goal is "to continue enmity with Turkey and not reveal the truth about the 1915 events”. Turkish President said this to the TRT Haber Channel, Trend reports. According to him, “the Armenian authorities have repeatedly proved it”. Erdogan also noted that “the Armenian lobby using the 1915 events pursues an anti-Turkish ca ...

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Communicate with real people and not ghosts

    Communicate with real people and not ghosts Diana Yayloyan During my two-year stay in Turkey (I am working on my master’s thesis on the Armenian Genocide at the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University) I have been surrounded by and have been communicating with Turks, and every day I am getting more and more convinced about the need for communication and dialog. One of the main issues of the Ar ...

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Armenia president withdraws Armenia-Turkey protocols from parliament

YEREVAN. – President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has addressed speaker of Armenian parliament Galust Sahakyan informing about his decision to recall Armenia-Turkey protocols from the parliament. In his letter, President Sargsyan said he imagined all possible scenarios since the launch of Armenia-Turkey normalization process. “We were ready for comprehensive normalization of relations through ratification of t ...

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Thomas de Waal: “Great Catastrophe” is a very powerful term

  Mediamax’s interview with Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - First of all, let me congratulate you with your new book "Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide". What is the main message of your book and who you consider the main audience: Turks and Armenians, or the Western world?- Thank you. The starting-point for all my book ...

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Turkey-Armenia: Open the border!

  What does it mean for neighboring businessmen and customers when an abstract line on the ground called “country border” suddenly rise and become a concrete wall? This is the story behind the closed Turkish-Armenian border. Arsen Ghazaryan  “It would be a huge benefit for the Armenian economy if Turkey would open its border.” said Arsen Ghazarian, a prominent businessman and co-chair of Turkish-Armeni ...

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‘Armenian Orphan Rug’ displayed by White House

The Ghazir Rug is an Armenian style rug woven by orphans of the Armenian genocide in Ghazir, Lebanon. Also known as the Armenian Orphan Rug, it was gifted to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and kept in storage at the White House until being put on display in the White House Visitors Office in November 2014. (photo by Wikimedia Commons) The White House’s decision to put the “Armenian Orphan Rug” on public ...

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