Armenian Apology Spurs ‘Hurricane’ in Turkey

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–A daring campaign in Turkey to apologize to Armenia’s for the “Great Catastrophe” of 1915 has “brought about a Hurricane” in Turkey, turning a century old taboo on its head, the Editor of an Armenian newspaper in Turkey said Friday.

“Today that the website brought about a hurricane in Turkey,” said Rober Hatechian, the Editor-in-chief of the Marmara newspaper, noting the torrent of media coverage the issue has received in Turkey.

“Last evening discussions on the issue were launched on all Turkish TV channels,” he told Armradio, adding that the “facts of those apologizing to Armenia’s appear more grounded” in the coverage.

This hurricane will continue, he said, noting that CNN Turk is set to air on Friday evening the second part of a documentary exploring the divide between Armenia’s and Turks.

According to Hatechian, the documentary, titled “The Sorrow of Society; 1915; Turks and Armenia’s," will attempt to answer previously untouched questions and examine why and how “the Armenian and Turkish peoples, who lived together on the lands of Anatolia became enemies, and how the Turks took the decision to exile the Armenia’s, triggering a century of bitter relations.”

Hatechian also discussed the budding controversy surrounding Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who Thursday distanced himself from his Prime Minister and hailed the petition as proof of Turkey’s democratic health.

Gul’s tacit approval of the petition drew the ire of Turkish opposition parliament member Janan Aritman who Thursday alleged that Gul’s mother was Armenian and explained hat his support of the petition stemmed from his ancestry, the Azeri Press Agency reported.

Hatechian said the President’s statemen’s and the ensuing allegations “burst” onto the scene, stirring greater controversy and debate around the already hot topic of the petition.

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