Gordon Confirms Historical Commission as Part of Armenia-Turkey Roadmap

Phil Gordon with Amb. Yovanovitch in Armenia last week

Phil Gordon with Amb. Yovanovitch in Armenia last week

WASHINGTON—Assistant Secretary of State Phil Gordon Tuesday indicated that the Obama Administration supports the establishment of an Armenia-Turkey historical commission, a controversial proposal long advanced by the Turkish government to cast doubt on the Armenian Genocide and undermine international progress toward the universal recognition of this crime against humanity, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

Gordon, during testimony earlier today before the Europe Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, fielded a question from the panel’s Chairman, Robert Wexler (D-FL)

about how the Department of State intends to “navigate the course of the engagement between Turkey and Armenia so that Azerbaijan comes out a winner.” In his response to this inquiry by the Turkish Caucus Co-Chairman, Gordon voiced support for the Armenia-Turkey “roadmap,” a document publicly welcomed by the State Department on April 22, noting, in particular, a highly controversial, much discussed, but never before officially disclosed element of this agreement stipulating the establishment of a commission to examine historical issues between the two nations. His comments read, in part:

“You have two parallel but separate tracks [Armenia-Turkey dialogue and the Nagorno Karabakh peace process] going on, a Turkey and Armenia normalization reconciliation process that we do think is quite potentially historic, where the two countries have agreed on a framework for normalizing their relations that would include opening the border, which has been closed for far to long, which would establish diplomatic relations and would provide commissions in key areas including history, and we encourage that process and we support it.”

The establishment of an Armenia-Turkey historical commission, a measure Turkey has long sought to cast a doubt over the overwhelming historical record of the Armenian Genocide, stands in stark contrast the President Obama’s statements during his campaign for the White House. On several occasions throughout 2008, including only days before the November election, he stressed his “firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. The facts are undeniable.” The idea of a historical commission has been widely rejected as a denialist tactic, including by the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

 

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  1. Ruzanna /Armenia/ said:

    Կամաց-կամաց գաղտնիության քողը բացվում է “Ճանապարհային քարտեզի” վրայից: Փաստորեն թուրքերը հասել են իրենց նպատակին` ստեղծելու հայ և թուրք պատմաբանների համատեղ հանձնաժողովը: Հաջորդն արդեն Կարսի պայմանագրի ճանաչումն է: Իսկ հաջորդն էլ երևի կլինի թուրքերից ներողություն խնդրելը …

    Հայ-թուրքական համատեղ հայտարարության առաջին իսկ օրվանից Հայաստանը պարտվում է: Միայն այն փաստը, որ այն ստորագրվեց Ապրիլի 24-ի նախօրեին, խոսում է այդ հարաբերությունների կարգավորումը պարտադրողների անբարոյականության մասին, ովքեր այդ քայլով խորապես վիրավորեցին հայությանը: Անմեղ զոհերի հիշատակի նախօրեին Հայոց Ցեղասպանությունը ժխտող պետության հետ համատեղ հայտարարությամբ հանդես գալը, առնվազն ՍՐԲԱՊՂԾՈՒԹՅՈՒՆ էր: Մանավանդ, որ բոլորս վստահ ենք, որ թուրքերը կեղծ են, հարաբերությունների բարելավման չեն ձգտում և մտադիր էլ չեն շրջափակումը վերացնելու : /Չգիտես ինչու բոլորը դա անվանում են “սահմանի բացում”, մոռանալով, որ 16 տարի առաջ Թուրքիան փակեց սահմանը` շրջափակելով Հայաստանը/:

    Հիմա էլ հայ և թուրք պատմաբանների այս համատեղ խայտառակ հանձնաժողովը… Իրեն հարգող ոչ մի հայ պատմաբանը չի կարող /իրավունք չունի/ ընդգրկվել այդ հանձնաժողովում, նստել Հայոց Ցեղասպանությունը ժխտող թուրք պատմաբանի հետ և 94 տարի հետո ապացուցել այն, ինչն ապացուցման կարիք չունի: Կամ ինչպես կարող է թուրք պատմաբանը /եթե անգամ մի պահ պատկերացնենք, որ նա անաչառ է/, գործել անկաշկանդ, եթե նրա երկրում դեռ գործում է 301-րդ հոդվածը: Պետք է մտածել նաև այն բոլոր բարեկամ երկրների մասին, որոնք արդեն ճանաչել են Հայոց Ցեղասպանությունը…Նրանք վաղուց ճանաչել են, իսկ մենք թուրք դահիճների հետ դեռ նոր պետք է ապացուցենք: Զավեշտալի է…

    ԵՍ ԿՈՉ ԵՄ ԱՆՈՒՄ ԲՈԼՈՐ ՀԱՅ ՊԱՏՄԱԲԱՆՆԵՐԻՆ ԲՈՅԿՈՏԵԼ ԱՅՍ ԽԱՅՏԱՌԱԿ ՀԱՆՁՆԱԺՈՂՈՎԸ ԵՎ ՉՄԱՍՆԱԿՑԵԼ ԴՐԱ ԱՇԽԱՏԱՆՔՆԵՐԻՆ:
    ՄԵՆՔ ԱՊԱՑՈՒՑԵԼՈՒ ԿԱՐԻՔ ՉՈՒՆԵՆՔ:
    ՄԵՐ ԱՊԱՑՈՒՅՑՆԵՐԸ ՄԵՐ ՏԱՏԻԿՆԵՐՆ ՈՒ ՊԱՊԻԿՆԵՐՆ ԵՆ…

    Հ.Գ. Վերջում կուզեի մեջբերել պրն. Գրեգորի Սթենթոնի (IAGS) խոսքերը` ս.թ. մարտի 7-ին պրն. Օբամային ուղղված նամակից.
    “Turkey’s call for an “historical commission” to study the events of 1915 is an attempt to put genocide deniers on an equal level with genuine scholars. The IAGS passed a resolution in 1997 unanimously recognizing the Ottoman massacres of Armenians as genocide. Turkey’s latest proposal for an “historical commission” is just another red herring of denial drawn across the bloody scent of the Armenian genocide”.

  2. JOHN KEUSEYAN, LT. COL USAF (RET.) said:

    I thoroughly agree with Ruzanna’s comments. This guy (Sarkisian) is push-over. If he can’t take the heat he should get out of the kitchen. The Turks lied to us for 700 years and they have not changed. Why should we trust them now? Negotiation is about give and take. You don’t give-up everything and get nothing in return. Thats not negotiation, it is surrender! Stop this nonsense! Let us impeach him and get Kocharian back.

  3. Sahag said:

    God will help Armenia Antranik. Asdvads Medz eh.

    Let’s be honest, Yovanovitch is as spineless as Gordon. She’s a political hack complicit in America’s denial.

    I understand she may want to do the right thing but is caught in an uncompromising situation but is that really a good enough excuse for us to accept America’s uncompromising position???

    Essentially her job entails appeasing Armenia and Armenian Americans to the point that our community stays quiet and content with mediocrity.

    It’s time we start making these diplomatic folk feel a little uncomfortable when they come prancing through our communities doors looking for applause during their PR stunts.

    No more appeasement. They should fell ashamed when they meet with us.

  4. Alex Postallian said:

    Gordon and Yovanovith—Who are these stooges,where did they come from,what are their credentials,if any.Why do we have to tolerate such idiocy.The Armenians voted for Obama,a gross mistake.Never, ever trust a politician,I thought we knew better.

  5. Manooshag said:

    Hye, those who serve from the United States serve a nation, in our case Armenia, shall have been well read, prepared, educated on the history of that nation. Obviously, they do not read the archives in Washington DC (as well as those of other civilized countries) which are open/available on the Turkish Genocide of Armenians.
    Obviously, they are not knowledgeable even of one of our own, Henry Morgenthau, Ambassador to Turkey during the Genocide years… Today, public libraries have much of offer…. free.
    Did they not hear/listen (in this case Gordon) to President Obama’s words in connection with the Armenian Genocide, just months before he was elected as leader of most powerful nation the world has known, saying:
    ” his firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not
    – an allegation
    – a personal opinion
    – or a point of view, but rather,
    – A WIDELY DOCUMENTED FACT SUPPORTED BY AN OVERWHELMING BODY OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE..
    – the facts are undeniable”.

    The concept of an historical commission has been widely rejected as a Turkish tactic and recognized as such by the International Association of Genocide Scholars…
    “Why,now, a historical rehash-Turkey inspired? Turkey says JUMP and the answer is: HOW HIGH?
    (Turkey is infamous for generous expenditures et al of monies in their endless denials of their Genocide).

    Why does Gordon agree with the perpetrator, Turkey? Against the proven victim, Armenia?
    I do believe that the United States Department of State has lost sight of it functions. It is has become a closed society, much like sororities….. Today It has outlived it purposes.
    These persons are not elected, I do believe those selected have the proper connections to join. Do their
    ethnic origins influence a/o a factor? Obviously their functions to seek the moral positions upon which our nation has been built have been cast aside for the ‘political’ stances taken today, unfortunately, not always in the best interest of the values of the American nation and its citizens.

    Today, the International Genocide organizations, millions of people from 20 nations, millions of people from the 42 (of 50) states of U.S. recognize the guilt of the Ottoman Turks, plus all subsequent Turkish governments to date, of their planned Genocide of the Christian Armenians – death marches into the deserts to die – from their own lands historically, of nearly 4,000 years.
    Sadly, Turkey’s position is a deterrent to the efforts of those seeking to break the cycle of Genocides…. forever.
    Today the Darfurs, the Kurds, next who/when/where?
    Manooshag

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