Armenian Declines Davutoglu Appointment

Daron Acemoglu at MIT

ANKARA—Turkish-Armenian Daron Acemoglu, citing his ongoing academic career, declined an appointment by Turkish foreign minister, Ahemt Davutoglu as Turkey’s permanent representative at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in Paris, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

At a press conference in London Wednesday, Davutoglu clarified his appointment, which was reported to have been Turkey’s ambassadorship to France.

“Mr. Acemoğlu said he felt honored and that it would be an honorable mission for him as a citizen of the Republic of Turkey and as an academic. However, due to his ongoing academic studies he said he would respond positively to this offer in the coming years,” Davutoğlu told reporters at a press conference in London late Tuesday, Hurriyet reported.

“It is impossible for us to distinguish between the citizens of the Republic of Turkey on the basis of ethnicity or religion. We can appoint anyone eligible to represent Turkey,” Davutoğlu said. “The main criterion for us is the eligibility,” added Hurriyet.

Critics see the offer as an act to save face against allegations of mistreatment of minorities in Turkey. Government spokespersons claim they want to normalize relations with Armenia in accordance with Turkey’s so called “zero conflict” policy with its neighbors, reported the Greek Reporter.

Dispatching a Turkish citizen of Armenian descent to Paris can be seen as something that would send a very strong message to the Armenian Diaspora, commented Hurriyet.

Acemoğlu’s ability to contribute not only to Turkey’s economy but also to the global economy makes him “a Turkish citizen we are proud of,” Davutoğlu said. “As an academic, I have long followed his success.”

The foreign minister said he had consulted with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before making the offer, adding that Gül also called Acemoğlu to discuss the matter.

Acemoğlu is currently Professor of Applied Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and winner of the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal. He is said to be a good candidate for a future Nobel Prize in economics.


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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    Very wise move, Daron, you got a good position,in a good country,now drop that turkie ending to your name-oglu to ian.

    • Alex Postallian said:

      To add a codicil,Daron,You represent a great University at M.I.T.Excellent reputation.Now ,most of the schools in turkie,are suspect,education level way below par.Most of the universities in the U.S. acknowledge it,question the degree qualifications.

  2. Hebard Hai said:

    Davutoglu claims Acemoglu is “a Turkish citizen we are proud of”.

    I wonder if he thinks the same about world renowned Nobel Laureate and Turkish citizen Orhan Pamuk? Is he too a Turkish citizen to be proud of?

    The answer is glaringly obvious to even the dullest tool in the shed…shame on Davutoglu and shame on Daron for even considering this ridiculous post.

  3. truth said:

    Thank you Daron!

    The racist regime in Ankara was going to abuse you as a tool against Armenian nation!

    Turkey was so far not able to punish the killers of Hrand Dink, simple beciuae the killers care out the order of criminal Turkish Government! NOW, the same fascist Turkey is talking about the intention to find out what happen to 1,5 million Armenians between 1915- 1923


  4. Zareh said:

    Unfortunately, there will always be other Armenians willing to sell themselves for services towards such Turkish skulduggery.

    Good for Daron Acemoglu fort publicly slapping Mr. Davutoglu.

    • Ed said:

      Don’t hurry – Krikor, you might be disappointed! If you knew a little more about Daron Acemoglu, you never would call him “a proud armenian”!
      He is married to Asuman Özdaglar, daughter of Ismail Özdaglar a former minister of turkish government.Beside, Daron is against penalising of Armenian Genocide denial. He says he feels proud of being called “a sceintist of turkish origin”. He longs to return to Turkey, with his wife to work fo his country and so on…. Make some research, before you make comments.
      I could post some links about what he has said in turkish, if you wish to. I am sorry to disappoint yo, but the truth is – we have to many traitors!

  5. Mariamjon said:

    Thank you Daron. You are a proud Armenian.
    Now get rid of the “oglu” and start using your “real” armenian name.
    We all glad that you realized you going to just be a tool……

  6. Arthur I said:

    Correct decision, but the Turkish move was designed to win no matter what. 1. Accept and do a good Turkish job – betray the Genocide. 2. Accept and do a good human job and Turks justify the Genocide of unfaithful citizens. 3. Decline and Turks claim they are not racist, but Armenians are racist and bad Turkish citizens deserving the Genocide.

    The exceptional Turkish maneuverability behind their successful and unpunished genocides continues to persist. My applauds to them. Our politicians have a lot to learn.

  7. Zorro Ohanessian said:

    Well Mr. Ahemt Davutoglu! Sir, we Armenians are kind, but not stupid!

  8. Haroot said:

    Sorry folks we had the chance and could not use it in OUR favor thank to Daron…………..

  9. Armen_yan said:

    Wise decision but too polite of an answer. I guess that brown-nosing manner of speaking is the deep part of turkish culture. Anyways, good choice and now drop that ugly oglu and take the proud IAN or YAN.

  10. Random Armenian said:


    While you’re at it ask families named Kouyumjian to change their names to Vosgerichian, and so on.

    • Armen_yan said:

      Random Armenian,

      I rather be Kouyumjian than Vosgerich-oglu. I’m not judgmental, I know Armenians in Turkey changed their names simply to survive but it still hurts my hears. Also, something tells me that turkish government wouldn’t trust him if he had anything Armenian left in him.

      • Random Armenian said:


        And it hurts me to hear things like “I guess that brown-nosing manner of speaking is the deep part of turkish culture.” and “…something tells me that turkish government wouldn’t trust him if he had anything Armenian left in him.” You’re trying to paint the man as more Turk than Armenian. You’re being judgmental without knowing who this person is.

        I doubt the OECD position is anything like the Turkish ambassador to France and therefore I doubt that they would assign an Armenian from Turkey to be the Turkish ambassador.

  11. Random Armenian said:

    German Tozdjian,

    He’s a professor of economics at MIT. He lives in the US and has dual Turkish and US citizenship. Why don’t people read up on this guy before making knee-jerk comments?!

    All you have to do is google his name. You’ll get his MIT office phone number. Call him up and tell him he should change his name. I dare you to put your money where your mouth is!