Erdogan to Jamanak: Diaspora Doesn’t Share My Vision


ANKARA (Armenian Weekly)—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met in Ankara with the editor of the Jamanak Turkish-Armenian newspaper, Ara Kochunyan. During the meeting, Erdogan congratulated Jamanak (established in 1908) on its 100th anniversary, praised the role the Turkish Armenian community has played in the country, and blasted “a segment” of the Armenian Diaspora for impeding relations with Armenia.

Talking about minorities in Turkey, Erdogan said, “I am sure you realize that there are problems piled up over centuries that cannot be resolved overnight. The opposition approaches every step we take with a negative attitude and makes every effort to create hurdles and slow down the process of resolving the issues. But we will continue forward without making excuses.”

Answering Kochunyan’s question about a threat the Prime Minister made earlier this year to deport Armenians from Turkey, Erdogan said that he was only referring to the Armenians illegally working in the country—and not Armenians as a whole. “My statement was extremely clear, and if there is an honest attempt to understand what exactly I meant, there should be no problems.”

Erdogan also said that he considers the Turkish Armenian community as “an important and valuable asset” for the country. “I follow with great appreciation the struggle of Turkish Armenians to protect the internal peace and to advance Turkey’s prosperity,” he added.

Speaking about Turkey’s relations with Armenia, Erdogan said, “By leaving history to the historians, we can together look to the future. I still believe this is possible. A segment of the Armenian Diaspora does not share this vision, and therefore it is a significant hurdle. I am not convinced that this particular segment of the Diaspora is doing Armenia any favors this way.” Erdogan conveniently sidestepped the fact that Turkey itself  is stalling the so-called “normalization process” with Armenia, by not ratifying the Protocols.

Armenian Weekly correspondents in Turkey contributed to this report.

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8 Comments

  1. Mego said:

    Mr.Erdogan,be brave. Historians didn’t give the orders to Massacre the Armenians ,it was the Politicians of 1915.

  2. ed said:

    Hey Erdogan – (forced Islamized Georgian Christ, marreid to an Arabian women .. nown a braindwashed modern Turk of Kemalist school ) .. I agree with you in some points.. Please, help us to kill shameless protocols! If your criminal and racist country -Turkey. Wanted to make peace with Armenian nation by accepting the historical truth on Armenian Genocide there would be no need of any kind of protocols alt all!

  3. ed said:

    Hey Erdogan – (forced Islamized Georgian Christ, marreid to an Arabian women .. nown a braindwashed modern Turk of Kemalist school ) .. I agree with you in some points.. Please, help us to kill these shameless protocols! If your criminal and racist country -Turkey.- wanted to make peace with Armenian nation by accepting the historical truth on Armenian Genocide there would be no need of any kind of protocols at all! We are dealing still with a Turkey of 1915 !

  4. Garo Avedis said:

    Mr.Erdogan
    what is you vision?
    submission of the Armenian Diaspora,get real,it you better for you to shut up or shove it.

  5. sepastasi mourad said:

    You gotta hand it to their media/PR department….hell of alot of diplomacy here guys

  6. saro said:

    mr.Erdogan be brave enough and talk about the Mr wilsons map of new armenian boarders . can you tell why and what happened that stil after 99 years all of uropian cuontries and you zipped your mouths and do not talk about that map .

  7. Michael said:

    Armenians are considered to be “an important and valuable asset” of Turkey, yet it is an insult and a crime to call Turkish leaders Armenian. Very interesting.

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