ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY OF AMERICA RESPONSE TO TURKISH PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN’S STATEMENT ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY
While this statement is the first of its kind, it falls far short of acknowledging the Armenian Genocide and simultaneously adds to the layers of denial that have emanated from official Ankara. Without full acceptance of its genocidal legacy, the Republic of Turkey’s statement to the descendants of Armenian Genocide victims does not bring closure.
“The victims of the Armenian Genocide cannot rest in peace as long as Turkey continues its campaign of genocide denial,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. “Rather than spending millions of dollars to thwart international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish government needs to address the consequences of genocide and its 99 years of denial,” added Ardouny.
The Assembly remains encouraged by the irreversible trend within Turkish society that has begun to question the official Turkish thesis and learn the truth of the Armenian Genocide. From Orhan Pamuk to Eli Shafak, from Ragip Zarakolu to Hrant Dink, the number of academics and journalists in Turkey who courageously speak about the Armenian Genocide continues to grow.