Roundup continues on genocide bills and Turkey’s other foreign policy related issues…
Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, has been voted the winner of the Chatham House Prize 2010. This annual award is presented to the statesperson deemed by members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.
Almost everyone in Turkey has heard about the Armenian and Turkish folk song in common ?Sarı Gelin,? which has been sung for ages in Anatolia.
by Morton Abramowitz
Over the last forty years, a resolution has frequently come up in one or both houses of Congress declaring the killings of over a million Armenians in present-day Turkey during World War I a genocide. The resolution has always failed to pass. But each time it comes up Armenian Americans, Turks and our politicians have acted in the same way. It has become almost a ritual.”
Agos, the most influential weekly of the Armenian population in Turkey, ran the headline ?Disgraceful work hours begin.? Every year a quietly embarrassing yet hard to give-up political ritual starts towards the month of April.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who during a visit to London earlier this week threatened to deport around 100,000 illegal Armenian workers from Turkey in the wake of the approval of resolutions that recognize the killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as ?genocide,? has attracted rebukes for his comments.
Journal of Turkish Weekly, Monday, 16 October 2006
Although it seems as if it was a domestic problem of the Ottoman Empire, since the time it first emerged, the Armenian problem has always been closely related to foreign affairs and always more than one countries were involved in the matter. Armenians have been one of the significant ethnic groups of the Ottoman Empire and for many decades during which they did not claim any separatist-nationalist demands, benefited from vast religious and social freedoms given within the national classification of the empire.3 Since the empire has lost strength during the 19th century, foreign powers, especially the Russian Tsardom, took Armenians under their influence. Within the scope of a strategy requiring Slavic-Orthodox brotherhood in Balkans, Russia managed to drive the Ottomans back from the North and Northwest Black Sea Coasts and played an active role in independence movements of countries like Serbia and Bulgaria in the Balkans. According to the general policy of Russia, Armenians were also performing a similar role.
Monday, 4 May 2009
* Laçiner: “Due to the lack of criticism and punishment by the international community, Armenia has continued to make the same mistakes.”
Assoc. Prof. Sedat Laciner evaluated Turkey’s crucial relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russia’s role in this triangle was also examined. He explained some important points about Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The announcement by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu that the protocols signed with Armenia will not be withdrawn from the Turkish Parliament?s Foreign Affairs Commission despite the opposition?s insistence shows the following:
Marc Pierini, head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey, said that it was the 18th center opened in Turkey.”
A man holds a placard that reads ‘ Long live global Intifada ‘ as Pro-Palestinian Turks set on fire the Star of David, to protest Israel’s plans to build new housing in east Jerusalem, near Israel embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, March 19, 2010. Israel last week announced plans to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, drawing international criticism and sparking clashes in east Jerusalem.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)