After Quake, Armenia Offers Assistance to Turkey

Scene of devastation in Van

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—President Serzh Sarkisian reaffirmed Armenia’s readiness to send rescuers to earthquake-stricken Turkey on Monday as he and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev jointly spoke to their Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul by phone during talks in Moscow.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern city of Van and surrounding areas on Sunday afternoon, with the death and casualty toll rising.

With the epicenter of the quake located only 150 kilometers south of the Turkish-Armenian border, strong and unusually long tremors were also felt in much of Armenia and Yerevan in particular.

Sarkisian was quick to send a letter of condolences to Gul. He said an Armenian rescue team is ready to swiftly fly to the disaster zone and join the search and rescue effort.

Sarkisian reiterated the offer during a state visit to Russia the next day. According to his press office, the Armenian and Russian presidents made a joint phone call to Gul and expressed “sincere condolences and support” during their talks held in the Kremlin.

“Serzh Sarkisian once again expressed readiness to provide necessary assistance,” the office said in a statement. “President Gul thanked Serzh Sarkisian for the solidarity shown by him.”

Speaking at an emergency session of his cabinet earlier on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, thanked foreign nations offering help, including Armenia and Israel, which both have strained relations with Ankara. According to Reuters news agency, Erdogan said Turkey can cope with the disaster by itself.

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  1. www.Voskanapat.info said:

    Armenia offers and Turkey denies, as it denied assistance from USA, Israel, and many more countries that if allowed to go could discover how Kurdish population is treated there by Turks.

    The Turkish blogosphere is full of such comments addressed to survivors as “Congratulations on your earthquake!! Can’t wait for another one, keep up the totals!” Same behavior as after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia…

    Even on central Turk TV a commentator said something like this: “Despite (sic!) the fact that this earthquake hit the Kurdish populated area, some Turkish people are disturbed by the losses.”

    Armenia should offer assistance directly to the oppressed Kurdish minority living in Western Armenia. Remember the flotilla!!

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    “Dancing Arful Van With Genocided Souls
    Awakening by October 2011 Eartquake”

    Van: Every Armenian knows about Van
    Even Armenian child as young as nine
    Van…was an Armenian Land before B.C
    Not far from mount Ararat…already snatched…!!!
    Presidant Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)*
    In Feberuary 1920..pointed on the Map
    Of Western Armenia, Said here is Armenia…
    Many Famous Armenian were born there
    Armenian painter, Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
    All the Armenians of Van
    Were genocided one-by-one
    Their girls are beutiful, slim, tall with green and blue eyes
    Like their cats; famous Cats of Van
    English people are proud when they have one…
    Forgetting their honest origin…their vanished people…
    Van men are well known to have dignity, will, strength
    With their children, pregnant wives, parents and
    Grandparents were all slayed* one-by-one
    Before 1915 and after…The rest are Turkified…
    Their faces look Armenian…but their identy changed
    Turkified …Turkified…Tirkified
    Surnames instead ending with…
    ian (yan) changed to Oglu, a Turkish Son…
    Relegion to Muslim…Like Hemsin Armenians
    See the photo…a lady without scarf …
    Crying for lost lives in October earthquake, 2011
    She looks definitly Armenian
    She is forced to pray at mosque
    Churches vanished..
    By scavengers hands
    Do you know why the earth quaked…!
    Because there are Armenian Souls underneath Van
    Since genocide still crying…
    Asking help from the world
    Akhtamar Cathedral of The 10th Century
    Still standing in the island of the Lake Van
    Unfair- godless politicians forgot them…
    Concentrating on Qadafi and his sons..
    The Armenian souls are chanting
    “Let Us awake…Let Us breathe”
    Let the world know
    We are humans of ancient Armenians
    We were scimitarated…One-by-One…
    Still staying under our homes
    Under church rocks of our Van
    Our ‘Dancing Artful Van’…

    Sylva Poetoian, M.D
    (Armenian Soul from Genocide)
    October 24, 2011
    _____________
    President Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s Speech in Boston (February 26,1919),
    “Have you thought of the sufferings the Armenians had gone through? Did you help the Armenians after they had gone through those sufferings? Support them now, so that they never suffer again.” ***Treaty of Sevres, France (August-December 1920) Armenia was given a large part of the region according to the border fixed by President of the United States of America which was referred as “Wilsonian Armenia”; including provinces which didn’t have significant Armenian populations remaining after the war, such as the Black Sea port city of Trabzon. However, even that plan was never implemented as the Treaty of Sèvres was replaced by the Treaty of Lausanne (1923).

    **Slayed : lyrical word for slain

  3. Arman said:

    Message to Turks from the Armenian Diaspora: do not rebuild Van, it is not your city. You have come from the steppes of Central Asia and if you want to build cities, build them there. Van is an ancient Armenian capital city. The only thing more Armenian than Van is Mount Ararat itself. Leave all the territory of Western Armenia.

  4. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Modified …discard the first

    “Artful Ancient Van With Its Genocided Souls are
    Awakening by October 2011 Earthquake”

    Van:  Every Armenian knows about Van
    Each Armenian child as young as nine
    Van…was an Armenian Land before B.C
    Near mount Ararat…
    The Noah’s Mountain already snatched…
    Moved to Turkish ground…!!!

    President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)*
    In February 1920..pointed on the Map 
    Of Western Armenia, Said here is Armenia…   
    Many Famous Armenian were born there
    The American-Armenian painter, Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
      
    All the Armenians of Van 
    Were genocided one-by-one
    Their girls are tall, thin, beautiful, with green and blue eyes 
    Like their cats; famous cats of Van
    English people are proud when they cuddle one…
    Forgetting their honest original race…
      
    Van men are well known to have dignity, will, strength…
    With their babies and pregnant wives, parents 
    Grandparents were all slayed* one-by-one 
    Before 1915 and after…The rest are Turkified…
    Their faces look Armenian…but their identity changed 
    Turkified …Turkified…Turkified
     
    Surnames instead ending with… 
    ian (yan) changed to Oglu, a Turkish Son…
    Religion to Muslim…Like Hemsin Armenians

    See the new photo…a lady lost her head cover …
    Crying for lost lives in October earthquake, 2011
    She looks definitely Armenian
    She is forced to pray at mosque 
    Churches vanished…by scavengers hands 

    Do you know why the earth quaked…! 
    Because there are Armenian Souls underneath Van 
    Since genocide still crying…
    Asking help from the world
     
    Akhtamar Cathedral of the 10th Century
    Still standing on the island of the Lake Van 
    Unfair- godless politicians forgot them…
    Concentrating on Qadafi and his sons.. 

    The Armenian souls are chanting 
    “Let Us awake…Let Us breathe”
    Let the world know 
    We are humans of ancient Armenians 
    We were scimitared…One-by-One… 
    Still staying under our homes 
    Under church rocks of our Van 
    Our ‘Dancing Artful Van’…

    Sylva Portoian, M.D
    (Armenian Soul from Genocide) 
    October 24, 2011
    _____________
    * President Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s Speech in Boston (February 26,1919),
    “Have you thought of the sufferings the Armenians had gone through? Did you help the Armenians after they had gone through those sufferings? Support them now, so that they never suffer again.” ***Treaty of Sevres, France (August-December 1920) Armenia was given a large part of the region according to the border fixed by President of the United States of America which was referred as “Wilsonian Armenia”; including provinces which didn’t have significant Armenian populations remaining after the war, such as the Black Sea port city of Trabzon. However, even that plan was never implemented as the Treaty of Sèvres was replaced by the Treaty of Lausanne (1923).

     *Slayed : lyrical word for slain 

  5. HARUT said:

    it is all correct the Armenian sould are crying in Van thats why there was earthquake period.
    like i said before every dog got its day and turkeys days are clicking one example the Armenian church opening in VAN it is a very strong message.

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