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‘Normalization with Armenia hostage to Turkish domestic politics’

The normalization of relations between estranged neighbors Turkey and Armenia is hostage to Turkish domestic politics, said Richard Giragosian, founding director of the Yerevan-based independent think tank Regional Studies Center (RSC), on Tuesday. According to Giragosian, a recent statement from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the 1915 killings of Armenians in eastern Anatolia, in which he ex ...

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Turks and Armenians – we must follow Erdoğan’s lead and bury our common pain

Turks and Armenians – we must follow Erdoğan's lead and bury our common pain Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish foreign minister In offering condolences for the events of 1915, Erdoğan has presented the chance for reconciliation. Let's take it History is replete with squandered opportunities. The challenge for those in power is to assess in real time the risks of missing these moments. I had a sense back in 2009 when ...

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A Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan’s declaration regarding the 1915 Armenian killings was not, in itself, a surprise, coming just ahead of the April 24 commemoration date. However, the conciliatory language used in the statement was quite different than previous Turkish characterizations of the events during which the Armenian community of the Ottoman Empire underwent deportation and near total destructio ...

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Armenia and Turkey: 2015 Begins Today

  Thomas de Waal   2015 begins today. The statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the “Armenian Question” goes further than any other Turkish leader before him. Never before has a Turkish leader offered condolences to the descendants of Ottoman Armenians. Erdoğan said that he and his government “wish that the Armenians who lost their lives in the context of the early twentieth ...

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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.  Ninety-eight years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire.  We pause to reflect on the lives extinguished and remember the unspeakable suffering that occurred.   In so doing, we are joined by millions across the world an ...

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Deconstructing Turkish PM’s statement on Armenian tragedy

  “The statement was certainly as dramatic and impressive as it was unexpected,” Richard Giragosian told me, speaking about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s message on the Armenian tragedy. The director of a Yerevan-based think tank, Giragosian was in Istanbul to also take part in a commemoration that will take place in Istanbul. As he rightly pointed out, there have been several historic ...

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Why Erdogan’s ‘unprecedented’ statement on Armenian massacres left many unsatisfied

  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech  during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara onApril 22, 2014. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a surprising move Wednesday: Speaking on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the controversial mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers in 1915, he expressed condolences for the "inhuman ...

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Address by President Serzh Sargsyan on remembrance day of Armenian Genocide victims

Dear compatriots, Today we bow to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide. One and a half million Armenians fell prey to such a crime which did not have a name at that time. Nor had a human language coined such an expression or a term yet. They were killed simply because they were Armenians. The crime designed minutely and in advance pursued a clear goal: to take possession of the home c ...

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PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

  Turkey has issued a first-ever statement offering condolences to the descendants of slain Ottoman Armenians just a day before of 99th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has issued a landmark statement on the eve of the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of 1915. AA Photo Prime Minister Recep Tayyi ...

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‘Armenian Architects of İstanbul’ exhibition on display online

  The main gate of İstanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace was designed by Armenian architect Garabet Balyan. (Photo: Mehmet Yaman İstanbul Modern's 2010 exhibition “Armenian Architects of İstanbul,” featuring photos of architectural structures made by Armenian architects during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, can now be seen online on the Turkish Museum of Architecture's website. A joint effort between the İstan ...

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