German Ambassador Hopes for Turkish Apology in 2015

Germany's Ambassador to Armenia Reiner Morell (left) and his UK counterpart Catherine Leach at a press conference in Yerevan. (Photo: Photolur)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The Ambassadors of the UK and Germany to Armenia, Catherine Leach and Reiner Morell, met with reporters today to share their plans for marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Titled “100 Years after the First World War,” the program includes visits to schools, a symbolic tree-planting, musical performances, and even a soccer match between representatives of the two Embassies.

The diplomats also referred to the Paris meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Reiner Morell said it’s a positive move, but added that no breakthrough should be expected.

“Of course, it’s positive that the non-friendly parties meet again. I think we should not be too optimistic and anticipate tangible results from this meeting. We continue to support the position of the three Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and believe that this format is the right way of continuing the negotiations,” Morell said.

Speaking about Armenian-Turkish relations, Morell said: “History shows that there are successful examples of overcoming lasting hostilities. History comes to prove that it’s necessary to apologize,” he said and voiced hope that Turkey would think about this in 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. “Public sentiments in Turkey allow us to hope for this,” Ambassador Morell said.


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  1. Berge Jololian said:

    German ambassador thinks Turkey should fool Armenians with a mere apology. Turkey is accountable for the crime of Genocide. Accountability is for Land, Reparation, and Restitution.

  2. Berge Jololian said:

    German ambassador hopes Turkey to fool Armenians with a mere apology. Turkey is accountable for the crime of Genocide. The accountability is land, reparation and restitution.

    Genocide is the worst crime humanity has given a name. Genocide Acknowledgment without Accountability is hollow and meaningless.

    Acknowledgment must be accompanied with accountability; otherwise, the acknowledgment is worse than denial.

    A good example of land recovery is Artsakh.

  3. Art said:

    Mr. Ambassador… You “Apologize” to someone when by mistake you step on his toe… In a single word of apology we can’t lose 6 vilayets, can’t be deaf towards the thousands of kids women and elderlies burning alive in the churches of their faith… You can’t even settle a regular car accident claim with an “Apology”…

  4. Krikor Sarkissian said:

    My late father in law Vahan Parseghian (RIP) used to say “We planted inshalla and nothing grew from it”wishing/hoping is good but action speaks louder than words !

  5. Areg said:

    You can keep your sweat candies for yourselves. Only an apology! Whose side are you working for?