Armenia Remembers Genocide Victims

Armenia – An official ceremony at the Tsitsernakabert memorial in Yerevan marking the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey, 24Apr2014.

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Obama Marks ‘Meds Yeghern’ Anniversary

U.S. President Barack Obama again declined to refer to the 1915 mass killings of Armenians as genocide on Thursday, essentially repeating carefully worded annual statements on the subject made during his presidency.
 
Obama used instead the Armenian phrase Meds Yeghern, or Great Calamity, to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the start of the massacres in the Ottoman Empire
 
“Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century,” he said in a statement issued on Armenian Remembrance Day. “We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children.”
 
“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Armenians everywhere, as we recall the horror of the Meds Yeghern, honor the memory of those lost, and reaffirm our enduring commitment to the people of Armenia and to the principle that such atrocities must always be remembered if we are to prevent them from occurring ever again,” added Obama.
 
Obama also seemed to reiterate that he stands by statements on the events of 1915 which he made when running for president in 2008. “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed,” he said.
 
In a January 2008 statement to the influential Armenian community in the United States, Obama called the Armenian genocide “a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.” “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that president,” he said at the time.

Obama backpedaled on that pledge after becoming president, anxious not to antagonize Turkey, a key U.S. ally. In April 2009, he implicitly cited the need not to undermine a U.S.-backed rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey. The Turkish-Armenian normalization process eventually ended in failure.

Erdogan Statement Hailed By West, Dismissed By Armenia

Official Yerevan dismissed on Thursday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s condolences extended to the descendants of Armenians massacred in the Ottoman Empire, saying that Ankara is simply switching to a “more sophisticated” tactic of genocide denial.
 
Erdogan’s unprecedented statement was welcomed by the United States and the European Union, however, with the U.S. State Department calling it “historic.”
 
“We welcome Prime Minister Erdogan’s historic public acknowledgement of the suffering that Armenians experienced in 1915,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily news briefing in Washington late on Wednesday.
 
“We believe this is a positive indication that there can be a full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts, which we hope will advance the cause of reconciliation between Turks and Armenians,” Psaki said.
 
Stefan Fuele, the EU’s enlargement commissioner, also praised the Turkish premier. “Reconciliation is key EU value. Hope steps in this spirit will follow,” Fuele wrote on his Twitter page.
 
In his unprecedented statement issued ahead of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Erdogan admitted that Armenians suffered “inhumane consequences” during their “relocation” ordered by the Ottoman government. But he seemed to equate their suffering to the wartime deaths of many Turks and other Muslim peoples of the crumbling empire.
 
Erdogan also spoke out against “using the events of 1915 as an excuse for hostility against Turkey,” an apparent reference to the decades-long Armenian campaign for international recognition of the genocide.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Appeals To Armenians

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered on Wednesday first-ever condolences to the descendants of some 1.5 million Armenians massacred in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, signaling a further softening of Turkey’s decades-long genocide denial.
 
“The incidents of the First World War are our shared pain,” Erdogan said in a landmark statement issued ahead of the 99th anniversary of the genocide that will be marked by Armenians around the world on Thursday.
 
“It is our hope and belief that the peoples of an ancient and unique geography, who share similar customs and manners will be able to talk to each other about the past with maturity and to remember together their losses in a decent manner.

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President Sargsyan Welcomes U.S. Congressional Delegation

April 24, 2014 Armenia No Comments
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12:22, April 24, 2014

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan today welcomed a U.S. congressional delegation led by Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The delegation consists of Representatives Elliot Engel, Lois Frankel and David Cicilline.

President Sargsyan said the visit by the congressmen on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was of great importance and proved that the Armenian people had friends all over the world.

The two sides also discussed the priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy and regional issues.

Photo: President Sargsyan welcomes Representative Engel

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Erdoğan to Armenians: ‘We’re sorry, now get over it’

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Culture, Turkey No Comments
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13:04, April 24, 2014

Message of Turkish Prime Minister on Events of 1915 (Unofficial Translation)

 “The 24th of April carries a particular significance for our Armenian citizens and for all Armenians around the world, and provides a valuable opportunity to share opinions freely on a historical matter.

It is indisputable that the last years of the Ottoman Empire were a difficult period, full of suffering for Turkish, Kurdish, Arab, Armenian and millions of other Ottoman citizens, regardless of their religion or ethnic origin.

Any conscientious, fair and humanistic approach to these issues requires an understanding of all the sufferings endured in this period, without discriminating as to religion or ethnicity.

President Obama Again Prefers “Meds Yeghern” Over “Genocide”

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Culture No Comments
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17:25, April 24, 2014

The following is President Barack Obama’s April 24 statement

Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. 

We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children.   We are joined in solemn commemoration by millions in the United States and across the world.   In so doing, we remind ourselves of our shared commitment to ensure that such dark chapters of human history are never again repeated.

Nothing MorThan a Try to Obstruct the International Recognition and Condemnation of Turkey

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Turkey No Comments
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17:38, April 24, 2014

Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s message to the Armenian people on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is nothing more than Turkey’s renewed denial tactics under international pressure to accept her past and reconcile with it – especially with the centenary of the Armenian Genocide approaching. Though unprecedented the message, it is nothing more than a try to obstruct the international recognition and condemnation of Turkey for what it did to the Armenians, beginning April 24, 1915. By once again stating “the establishment of a joint historical commission in order to study the events of 1915 in a scholarly manner” Erdogan is omitting what independent scholars and academics have classified the “events” as Genocide.

Obama again avoids saying ‘genocide’

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Culture No Comments
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Below is US President Barack Obama’s April 24 statement, which the Armenian Weekly published today after receiving it from the White House Press Office:Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children. We are joined in solemn commemoration by millions in the United States and across the world. In so doing, we remind ourselves of our shared commitment to ensure that such dark chapters of human history are never again repeated.I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past. We continue to learn this lesson in the United States, as we strive to reconcile some of the darkest moments in our own history. We recognize and commend the growing number of courageous Armenians and Turks who have already taken this path, and encourage more to do so, with the backing of their governments, and mine. And we recall with pride the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the American Committee for Syrian and Armenian Relief, funded by donations from Americans, which saved the lives of countless Armenians and others from vulnerable communities displaced in 1915.
As we honor through remembrance those Armenian lives that were unjustly taken in 1915, we are inspired by the extraordinary courage and great resiliency of the Armenian people in the face of such tremendous adversity and suffering. I applaud the countless contributions that Armenian-Americans have made to American society, culture, and communities. We share a common commitment to supporting the Armenian people as they work to build a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous nation.
Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Armenians everywhere, as we recall the horror of the Meds Yeghern, honor the memory of those lost, and reaffirm our enduring commitment to the people of Armenia and to the principle that such atrocities must always be remembered if we are to prevent them from occurring ever again. 

President Serzh Sargsyan’s address on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Turkey No Comments
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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan issued an address ahead of the April 24 commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In his address published on the official website Sargsyan said:

“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 country, the property and the millennium-old heritage by exterminating the native people living there. By this they committed a monstrous crime seeking to once and forever annihilate Armenians as a political factor.

Washington welcomes Turkish PM’s “public acknowledgement” of Armenians’ suffering

April 24, 2014 Armenia, Turkey No Comments
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The United States welcomes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “historic public acknowledgement of the suffering that Armenians experienced in 1915.”

“We believe this is a positive indication that there can be a full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts, which we hope will advance the cause of reconciliation between Turks and Armenians,” Jen Psaki, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, said at a daily press briefing in Washington on Wednesday.

“We welcome the event…we welcome the statement. We think it was a positive step,” Psaki added, without providing any further comment on the contents of Erdogan’s statement.

Turkish PM’s statement is “advanced form of Armenian Genocide denial”, says top official in Yerevan

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Vigen Sargsyan, the Head of Staff of the President of the Republic of Armenia, responded to the statement made by the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day marked on April 24.

Answering a question from Armenpress news agency at the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial, Vigen Sargsyan said: “We have read that statement by Turkey’s Prime Minister very attentively trying to find the first attempt to face with history, but unfortunately we have to state that the statement is another, perhaps a more advanced expression of denying and concealing the crime of the Armenian Genocide.”

Armenia Remembers Genocide Victims

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John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

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Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

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The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

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US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

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