Turkey and Armenia seek roadmap to reconciliation

April 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Turkey and Armenia have agreed on a road map for normalizing relations and reaching reconciliation, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The two neighbors are engaged in high-level talks to restore ties after the border was closed in 1993. The announcement came just two days before what Armenians will mark as the 94th anniversary of the start of the massacres of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians in Turkey during the demise of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, when they were deported en masse from eastern Anatolia to the Syrian desert and elsewhere. They were killed by Ottoman troops or died from starvation or disease. Turkey has admitted that many Armenians were killed but it denies any genocide, saying the deaths were part of the widespread fighting that took place in World War I. President Obama is expected to give an annual White House statement on the killings on Friday, and had promised during his campaign to describe them as “genocide.” In recent years, U.S. presidents have resisted using such language, which Turkey rejects.

The two countries have had no diplomatic ties since Armenia became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in a show of support for its ally, Azerbaijan, which had a dispute with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, the ethnic Armenian enclave of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan reacted to the reconciliation announcement by warning that Turkish-Armenian relations should not be resumed without parallel progress over Nagorno-Karabakh – namely a withdrawal of Armenian troops.


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2 Responses to “Turkey and Armenia seek roadmap to reconciliation”

  1. Rich on April 23rd, 2009 5:45 pm

    This reconcilliation is B.S. nothing more. No one should have reason to trust the Turkish government. Nearly a century of genocide denial, genocide denial, how horrific is that?

    If the US does not acknowledge they will be seen as enablers of genocide denial. Where is the moral values of this Country, let’s see it, do the right thing this year. The US should show the world that we have a compassion for human death.

    All these years of side stepping the words “Armenian genocide” by our government shows cowardice to the Western World as well as all the despots.

    We are better then this lets do the right thing and get it over with, and move on.

  2. Obama avoids term ‘genocide’ in statement on massacre of Armenians | ChattahBox News Blog on April 24th, 2009 2:46 pm

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