Armenians Commemorate Genocide 95 Years Later

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the mass murders and expulsion of Armenians from Turkey. While the Turkish government claims a total of 300,000 died, Armenia estimates 1.5 million died.

Last week, tens of thousands of people in the capital of Yerevan walked up the steep hill to the national memorial to lay flowers around its eternal flame. With President Serzh Sarkisian present, the Armenian Orthodox Church led a commeorative service.

There has been a longstanding controversy behind this event, as Turkey is unwilling to call it a genocide. A genocide, as described in the UN Convention on Genocide, is when acts are carried out “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.” Turkey claims that there was no plan to systematically eliminate Armenians, and that innocent Turks were causalities as well.

On a political level, relations between Turkey and Armenia remain tense. They both signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations in October 2009, but it has since faltered.

However Al-Jazeera reports that in Istanbul citizens gathered to remember the tragedy. “It is an unusual event…it is a measure of the degree to which the ability to discuss the issues here in Turkey has freed up, ” said correspondent Anita McNaught. “They have come here as Turks and Armenians, and relatives of Armenians living in Turkey sitting side by side.”

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54 comments

Jewels S.
Jewels S.6 years ago

Peace to those that have been traumatized.

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks

Fariba Ghazi
Fariba Ghazi6 years ago

Turks to this date are committing crimes against humanity and freedom of speech, as I said before they are invaders and violence is the only way they know. If it was some thing in the past we could have just forget about it. But if they admit to their crimes they have to stop and that is what they are not prepared to do.

David L.
David L.6 years ago

Thanks for this.

Aylin A.
Aylin A.6 years ago

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Yet, there are obvious evidences showing that the Armenians did not constitute the majority of the population in neither of the Ottoman provinces which the Armenians call Western Armenia and the Muslim population was 3 to 8 times more than that of the Armenian's (Ottoman Population Statistics 1890 and 1914).


If an item like the aforementioned Armenian item were present in the lawbook of Mexico claiming that Texas, Arizonna, New Mexico and California which were historical lands of Mexico, belonged to Mexico but invaded, would the American tolerate it?

Therefore the world should not overlook Armenia’s aggressivity, which is hidden behind their role of victim and should think about the price of their support to the Armenians very well.

So, the most important question which should be asked now is whether the world politicians, journalists and supporters of human rights will go on falling within the scope of Armenian propagandists and go on being major advocates of Armenian aggressivity, while pursuing humanist missions or not!

Aylin A.
Aylin A.6 years ago

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Yet, there are obvious evidences showing that the Armenians did not constitute the majority of the population in neither of the Ottoman provinces which the Armenians call Western Armenia and the Muslim population was 3 to 8 times more than that of the Armenian's (Ottoman Population Statistics 1890 and 1914).


If an item like the aforementioned Armenian item were present in the lawbook of Mexico claiming that Texas, Arizonna, New Mexico and California which were historical lands of Mexico, belonged to Mexico but invaded, would the American tolerate it?

Therefore the world should not overlook Armenia’s aggressivity, which is hidden behind their role of victim and should think about the price of their support to the Armenians very well.

So, the most important question which should be asked now is whether the world politicians, journalists and supporters of human rights will go on falling within the scope of Armenian propagandists and go on being major advocates of Armenian aggressivity, while pursuing humanist missions or not!

Aylin A.
Aylin A.6 years ago

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Why do the Armenians force Turkey to accept a genocide? The answer is hidden in a speech of the chief of Dashnak Party Hrant Markaryan who told that their efforts for the recognition of Armenian (so-called) genocide was not an isolated purpose but it was a part of the struggle for rescue of the West Armenia (Armenian Forum Vol2 No 4; Armenian Weekly On-line, 18 June, 4 July 2003). The Armenian then prime minister Andranik Markaryan told that the internationally recognition of (so called) Armenian genocide and demanding land from Ankara as 'compensation' was possible only after Armenia had strengthened and the Armenians should not have told that they demanded land from Ankara loudly and everywhere (Arminfo 26 May 2004). On one occasion President Kocharian stated that since today’s Armenia does not have the clout to advance such demands, doing so should be left to future generations at a time when conditions would hopefully be better suited to this end'.

A poll taken in Armenia revealed that almost all youngsters in the Republic of Armenia wished to follow up with land claims from Turkey and 90% of them said Turkey must unequivocally accept genocide allegations (Milliyet - April 11, 2006).

The world should not forget that Germany's claim on Zudetland and Gdansk just because they were its historical lands caused burst of World War II!

Aylin A.
Aylin A.6 years ago

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Armen Aivazyan, Director of Ararat Center of Strategic Studies, told a news conference that Armenia must never renounce its territorial claims to Turkey http://www.panarmenian.net/news/eng/?nid=28877

Additionally Armenia refused Turkey’s recurrent offers to commit an agreement declaring that each country recognizes the other country’s land integrity, in 1992 and later.

‘It is necessary to stress that we wish to open a road between Armenia and Turkey, not the border, since who said that the existing line is the true boundary between the two countries?", Galust Saakyan, the head of the parliamentary fraction of the Republican Party of Armenia told a press conference on 24 July 2009 (Panarmenian).

‘Western Armenian lands must be returned to Armenia, said Armenia’s Ambassador to Switzerland, famous singer Charles Aznavour in an interview with Italian RIA3 television channel. ‘When I was born, in 1924, [they] promised Armenia the return of lands. I am 85 years old and I cannot wait much longer, said Aznavour’. In 1924, Stalin promised Armenia the return of Erzeroum, Erzngan, Sebastia, Kharpert, Dikranagert, Bitlis, Van, Moush⦠The Wilsonian Armenia also included regions of Trabizon, Erzeroum, Van and Bitlis (November 3, 2009;Asbarez Staff)

Aylin A.
Aylin A.6 years ago

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Let us evaluate why the Armenians urge politicians and school boards to use the word genocide’, while vehemently rejecting to present their thesis in scholar and judicial platforms from a different perspective:

Armenia’s attitude towards Turkey’s land integrity: Article 13 (second paragraph) of Armenian constitution declares the ‘Aðrý Mountain’ in the Eastern Anatolia of Turkey, as the state symbol of Armenia . Article 11 of the Armenian Declaration of Independence of August 23, 1990; refers to Eastern Anatolia of Turkey as Western Armenia and as such beholds that this area is part of Armenia. Since the Armenian constitution recognizes as a basis “the fundamental principles of the Armenian statehood and national aspirations engraved in the Declaration of Independence of Armenia”, it likewise accepts the characterization of Eastern Anatolia as Western Armenia and this, albeit indirectly, translates into the advancement of territorial claims.
The Armenian politicians and school books call Eastern Anatolia of Turkey, ‘invaded mother land of Armenia’ and in Armenia the school children are being grown up being conditioned to be patriots to rescue their invaded land. Even the marches they sing are about this condition.

The Armenians claim and write in such blogs that the Eastern Anatolia cities do not belong to Turkey, as if the present Eastern boundaries of Turkey was not determined by treaties of Gumr

Marianne Good
Past Member 6 years ago

It is positve that people bring this genocide historical happening up. Hopefully it will come something positive out of it. Let people accept and respect each other in peaceful manner.