The "Armenian question" is not yet solved in Turkey, the word "genocide" is no longer a tabù at least within the civil society, but the government still refuses to recognize it. The "Azeri factor" is a major determinant to prevent Turkey from making a lasting peace with Armenia, says Cengiz Aktar,Turkish political analyst, Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center, writer and columnist, in this interview.
The "Armenian question" is no longer a taboo for Turkey, although the term genocide is still refused, because Turkish people associates it with Nazism. Awareness goes along with the general process of democratization, which takes time and the support of the European Union, said Baskin Oran, Professor of International Relations at Ankara University, in the interview to Gariwo.
On past 23 April, Turkish PM Recep Erdogan offered his condolences to the Armenian victims killed in 1915, yet he did not mention the word “genocide”. We asked Agopik Manoukian, honorary President of the Armenians in Italy, to tell us about the peculiar features of Turkish genocide denial.
Gariwo founder and Armenia's honorary consul to Italy Pietro Kuciukian remembered the importance of the "Ottoman Righteous" in the course of a ceremony held in Saint Ambrose cathedral in Milan.
Editorial by Baykar Sivazliyan – President of the Union of Italy’s Armenians
This year we are about commemorating the 99th anniversary of the genocide against the Armenians. The Armenian Genocide was the result of a terrible ideology that took roots in the minds and souls of the Young Turks, to save what…
Maro Ibishian is a third-generation witness to the Armenian Genocide. She goes to schools with Gariwo members and tells pupils about her story and identity as an Armenian. Gariwo Editor Valentina De Fazio interviewed her, while Gariwo Founder Pietro Kuciukian collected the tale of her Grandmother's family.
the genocide of the Armenians
In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".