Open Letter to Abdullah Gul

YEREVAN–Nearly 300 Armenian intellectuals and other public figures have appealed to Turkey to end almost a century of denial by recognizing the Armenian, saying that is a necessary condition for Turkish-Armenian reconciliation.

Below is the text of the open letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, made public on Tuesday.

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To His Excellency the President of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Abdullah G?l

Dear Mr. President,

The state of affairs that has emerged as a result of recent events in the South Caucasus, the resolute action taken by the Armenian president Mr. S. Sarkisian in inviting you to Armenia and the meeting that ensued, have all come to attest once more that the neighborhood of Armenia and Turkey calls for brave and realistic solutions. Once again, we stumble across the thorny issue of the Armenian Genocide.

Let us honestly acknowledge the fact that this issue has alienated two nations since 1915. It has troubled the collective consciousness of both Armenia’s and Turks and dictated our actions notwithstanding the various imperatives of day-to-day diplomacy.

Dear Mr. President, here we deal with an appalling crime perpetrated against humanity which has no expiration date. This is not only a position held by all Armenia’s, but also an expectation shared by the World community. The Armenian Genocide is a crime against humanity and against the values of modern civilization, and no individual, organization or even government can put a question mark on these events.

We should all accept the fact that Ottoman Turkey is responsible for the crime of genocide against the Armenia’s, while today’s Turkish state has inherited this responsibility. The current Turkish diplomacy and propaganda cannot cover up this gruesome page of our history.

The historical memory of both our nations is profound and troubled; therefore, there are no easy solutions. Your generation of Turkish leadership should admit the undeniable truth and recognize the fact of the Armenian Genocide.

We believe that this is something primarily needed by the Turkish nation itself. In this manner, it can relieve itself of the onus placed on it by history and proudly stand open-faced, side by side, with other nations. This is the only way to turn over this page and march boldly towards the future. Only then will both our nations be able to pursue a frank dialogue and achieve the true reconciliation so much desired.

Your visit to Armenia and Turkey’s contribution to the overall stability in the Caucasus inspire some hope that a realistic political movement is progressively emerging in Turkey. These efforts, however, may fail, if the state does not take decisive steps towards putting an end, once and for all, to its present policy of denial in respect to the Armenian Genocide.

With best regards and expectations
November 2008
Yerevan

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