Turkey Slams Argentine Court Ruling on Genocide

Judge Norberto Oyarbide (center) with other judicial panelists

ANKARA—Turkey slammed a Friday Argentine court ruling, which said the Turkish state committed Genocide against the Armenians.

The Turkish foreign ministry on Monday said the ruling is an example of how legal systems are abused by “extreme nationalists” belonging to the Armenian Diaspora. The ministry said the decision was based on unserious accusations and it destabilizes Turkey’s efforts to mend ties with Armenia, reported the Associated Press.
Armenia’s Ambassador to Argentina, Vladimir Karmirshalyan, on Saturday said the Argentine judge upheld the “the right to the truth.”

An Argentine judge ruled Friday that “the Turkish state committed the crime of genocide against the Armenian people” between 1915 and 1923.

The 100-plus page ruling, which was read Friday, resulted from a case presented 10-year ago by the Luisa Hairapetian Fund. Throughout the proceedings,  which lasted 120 months, the court has heard grueling testimony from Genocide survivors, their families and other members of the community.

The plaintiff, Gregorio Hairapetian was joined by his family, attorneys for the Luisa Hairapetian Foundation, the Argentine press corps, as well as the Armenian National Committee of Argentina members and the community at large.

In his ruling Friday, Judge Norberto Oyarbide said that Turkey should help an Armenian descendant living in Argentina learn the fate of more than 50 of his relatives who disappeared nearly a century ago.

Oyarbide used as a basis for his ruling  the 2007 Argentine law that declares April 23 as a day of “solidarity and respect” in memory of the Armenian Genocide.

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  1. Armen Simonian said:

    YES, TURKEY YOU CAN DENY THE TRUTH AS LONG AS YOU WANT, BUT AS YEARS GO BY YOUR DISGRACE WILL BE FAR WORSE. ONE MORE COUNTRY ON THE LIST , IS IT OVER 28 COUNTRIES NOW? DO YOU REALLY THINK ALL THESE ACCEPTED AND RECOGNISED THE GENOCIDE DONE BY OTTOMAN EMPIRE AGAINST ARMENIANS, WITHOUT CAREFULLY REVIEWING ALL HISTORICAL ARCHIVES AND FACTS. ALL FACTS AND EVIDENCE IS OUT THERE. YOU CAN PUT YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT, BUT THE LONGER YOU WAIT THERE WOULD BE MORE DAMAGE TO YOU.

  2. zareh said:

    as long as the ruling is “declarative” in nature and not “retributive” it will continue to look like Khrimian Hairig’s paper ladle. The only language Turkey understands is a ruling with teeth, enforceable by the international community.
    It is so obvious that the international legal structures are proceeding with the notion that Turkey should admit the responsibility of Genocide however this will not be followed by any sort of compensation, neither financial nor territorial.
    Turkey’s strategy is to delay and procrastinate any commitment to the resolution of the Armenian Question as long as it can until the will of the Diaspora is weakened and the fourth generation assimilates in the host countries. The present Armenian government has no territorial claims against Turkey because the leadership is corrupt and sold out to the international powers to be.
    Diaspora Armenians should return to Western Armenia, settle on their lands with Turkish citizenship until they become majority in their territories. This may take 200 years but it is the only way to be masters of our lands.

  3. George Apelian said:

    Norberto Oyarbide, this name must be remembered by any Armenian, by any truth and justice loving human being.
    Turkkey is right when it condemns the ruling, because it drops off the fig tree leave which is used by the ultranationalistic Turkey ( Kemalist, Islamist or Sultanist ( Ottoman), Turkey is always natioanlistic) to deny the the attrocities perpatrated by their forefathers. The truth is very dire. Hairapetians’ case is just one example.
    Bravo Norberto!

    • manooshag said:

      George, perpetrated by their forefathers and all the lies and the abuse of all their subsequent leaderships – from the 19th, 20th and today, 21st centuries. Reparations are due and owing to the Armenian nation – plus interest for all the years delayed.

  4. Armen Grigorian said:

    Thank you Judge Norberto Oyarbide

    Thank you Argentina

    “ONE MORE SHAME FOR YOU” Turkey. Armenia does not need any ties with you.

  5. Kiazer Souze said:

    Well, they wanted tribunals to hear the cases. They got exactly what they wanted. Now, they are claiming this was political? This was done in a court of law. I’ve never seen so many sore losers. They must be the certain Turks in control and who wrongfully acquired Armenian properties. I am sure not all Turks feel the same way.

  6. mike said:

    Mending ties with Armenia? What ties are they talking about. This sounds like the “protocol” politics of the past. Never trust these barbarians.

  7. Sarkis Dallakian said:

    The headline seems to be copied from Turkish journalists. The more appropriate headline should read: Argentine judge: Turkey caused ‘Armenian genocide’.

  8. Pedro Druzo said:

    ¿can somone send me information of how this notice is being red in Turkey and what you kow about a posible Turkey answer to the notice? ¿has anyone in Turkey started to talk about the genocide again, and whether it may or may no have happened?

    Thak you Allot!!!

    pedrodruzo@gmail.com

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