Turkey ‘Not on Same Page’ with International Community

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian at a press conference in Yerevan. Jan. 26, 2015. (Photo: Photolure)

YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia’s minister of foreign affairs Edward Nalbandian said Tuesday that Turkey and the international community are increasingly in disagreement, while commenting on Pope Francis’ reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide on Sunday.

On Sunday the head of the Roman Catholic Church served a landmark Holy Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite in St. Peter’s Basilica. In his speech, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The Pope’s statement provoked anger in Turkey, whose government recalled its ambassador to the Vatican.

“If Turkey disagrees with this statement and with many countries having recognized the Armenian genocide, and does not agree with the opinion of the international organizations, than it is the problem of Turkey, but not of the global community,” Nalbandian said. “This indicates that Turkey and the international community do not speak the same language.”

“This confirms Ankara’s continuing policy of denial at a state level and, hence, assumes responsibility for the crime committed by the Ottoman Empire leadership,” the Armenian foreign minister said.

Guided by universal human values, the Pope said that concealing or denying the genocide would mean leaving the wound bleeding without bandaging it, Nalbandian said.

“Denial is opening the doors not to reconciliation, but to new crimes against humanity,” Nalbandian said.


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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    It’s high time to stop labeling the genocide as only being committed by the Ottoman Empire. The current regime’s policy of denial means it is a continuity of the same government. It should properly be labeled as a genocide committed by the ‘Turkish government’!!

  2. Vahagn said:

    Turkey is on the same page with Azerbaijan and they are going to tear Armenia into pieces, although one piece will be traded with Russia. Armenia is bloodless without her people cheated, rubbed, killed and displaced by the criminal establishment but not by Turks.

    • Saaten Maagar said:

      Why don’t you go away, eat a Donnar Kebab and calm down. Turkey is already being torn apart by your Kurdish and Muslim religious problems & king Aliyev will meet the same fate as most dictators like him experienced in the past few years, just wait and see. Do not forget to drink something with your Kebab or you might choke on it.

  3. Marshall said:

    The world is in the 21 at century and Turkey is still living in the 12th century!