Turkish Armenians in An Awkward Position Once Again

ISTANBUL (combined sources)–Turkey’s Armenian community on Tuesday expressed regret at a French parliament decision to recognize charges of Ottoman Turkish genocide against Armenia’s 85 years ago.

The Armenian community of around 50,000 is in an awkward position when the issue of the Armenian Genocide arises in the international arena. If the community presses the matter–it faces repercussions by the Turkish government. Therefore–the community prefers to avoid addressing the issue or attempts to discourage third parties from getting involved. This way their loyalty to the Turkish state is not questioned.

“Such interventions by foreign parliamentarians for various international strategies sadden us and damage us just as they do the other Turkish citizens with whom we share our national fate,” the leaders of Armenian religious communities said in a statement issued “in the name of Turkish Armenia’s.”

The statement said Turkish Armenia’s enjoyed complete religious freedom and saw Turkey’s parliament–not France’s–as the correct place to address any of their concerns.

The community is particularly worried since it will have to answer to numerous political–social–and press circles who have already forwarded questions regarding the position of the community. The Armenian patriarch of Turkey was recently bombarded with questions by reporters at an Ayvazovsky exhibit. The patriarch once again stated it was not up to third parties to get involved in the issue–especially when they do so for their own interests.

Armenia’s make up the largest Christian minority in Turkey–the overwhelming majority of whose 65 million citizens are Muslim.


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