Davutoglu’s Fake Apology Offers No Recognition

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian commented on a recent statement by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in which the premier attempted to nullify the issue of the Armenian Genocide while offering no real recognition of the attempts by the Ottoman Empire to wipe out the Armenian people.

“Facing a global wave of Armenian Genocide recognition – from the Pope to the European Parliament – Turkey’s leaders are defiantly doubling down on denial,” Hamparian said in his comments. “Prime Minister Davutoglu’s fake apology today grants no recognition, accepts no responsibility, expresses no regret, and offers no reparations.”

“On April 24th, President Obama has a historic opportunity to reject Turkey’s gag-rule, ending a shameful chapter of U.S. complicity in Ankara’s denial, and moving Turkey, Armenia, and the region toward a better future based upon a truthful and just resolution of this crime.”

In his statement on Monday, Davutoglu said Turkey “shares the pain of Armenians whose parents or grandparents were killed under the Ottoman Empire during World War I.”

“We once again respectfully remember and share the pain of grandchildren and children of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during deportation in 1915,” Davutoglu said, avoiding any mentions of massacres, let alone genocide.

The relatively calm tone of the statement contrasts with the furious reactions from Ankara early this month when Pope Francis and the European Parliament used the term genocide to describe the killings.

Davutoglu had on April 12 lashed out at Pope Francis for what he described as “inappropriate” and “one-sided” comments on the issue. He pointed the finger at European countries who he said had committed many crimes against humanity, mentioning the ousting of Muslims from Spain five hundred years ago.

Threats from Ankara were also followed by accusations and insults, including some in the Turkish Foreign Minister’s comments when he called Argentinians “brainwashed” and accused the country of harboring Nazis in the past.

Davutoglu said Turks and Armenians should “heal their wounds from that century and reestablish their human relations.”

The statement echoed a similar one from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who last April offered “condolences” to the Armenian people, while in the same manner failing to admit any fault or any recognition of crimes against humanity.


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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    The US is one player, but it’s equally important to have Georgia, Belarus, Syria and all other regional players to condemn the genocide. By delaying the recognition, they’re actually contributing to Turkey’s belligerence. These so-called friends will one day have to explain their treacherous position.

  2. Arthur Kerbabian said:

    Yes Mr. Davutoghlu, Turks and Armenians should heal the pain and live side by side. In my opinion it is not necessary to first acknowledge the Genocide, that can be done later perhaps. But it is necessary to start somewhere. You can return churches, schools and monasteries. return individual properties to those who have the deeds to the properties. Return lands that had been Armenian for thousands of years. So on and so on.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    Fake Apology that’s what it is, had they really meant it, they wouldn’t have changed the Gallipoly celebration to April 24 same day of the Armenian Genocide commemoration, Turkey believes they can betray Armenians easily the same way they did in the past.