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Richard Giragosian: "Armenia must be ready for the day when Turkey recognizes the 1915 Genocide"



Political analyst Richard Giragosian, who heads the Regional Studies Center think-tank in Yerevan, today talked to reporters regarding Armenia’s policies directed at the international recognition of the 1915 Genocide.

The diaspora Armenian stated that while Armenia’s foreign policy is based on firmer ground, there is still much it can do in this regard.

The analyst pinpointed the following issues:

  1. Turkey is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain its policy of denial and fewer countries are agreeing with Turkey on this point.
  2. Azerbaijan is becoming increasingly involved in the policy of denial. Starting on May 1, Azerbaijan will be chairing the UN Security Council for a period of one month. It is expected that Baku will launch new assaults against moves to recognize the Genocide and the foreign policy of Artsakh and Armenia.
  3. International public opinion links the 1915 Genocide with other genocides, thus raising the importance of the issue.

The analyst pointed to three significant numbers – 100, 5 and 3.

The number 100 signifies the approach of the 100th  anniversary of the Genocide.

Five denotes the term of Armenia’s soon to be elected new parliament. Giragosian noted that the genocide issue has been a topic raised by some candidates during the campaign, even though Armenian-Turkish relations aren’t broached by the political forces. That’s to say that the elections are more about individual candidates than politics.

As to the number 3, Giragosian says that’s the number of years that Armenians have been waiting for Turkey to mark the Genocide.

Then there’s the number 60 billion. The analyst says this is the dollar amount compiled by the United Nations regarding compensation due Armenians.

Giragosian said it was much more important for the Genocide to be accepted within Turkey than the U.S. 

Political analyst Richard Giragosian, who heads the Regional Studies Center think-tank in Yerevan, today talked to reporters regarding Armenia’s policies directed at the international recognition of the 1915 Genocide.

The diaspora Armenian stated that while Armenia’s foreign policy is based on firmer ground, there is still much it can do in this regard.

The analyst pinpointed the following issues:

  1. Turkey is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain its policy of denial and fewer countries are agreeing with Turkey on this point.
  2. Azerbaijan is becoming increasingly involved in the policy of denial. Starting on May 1, Azerbaijan will be chairing the UN Security Council for a period of one month. It is expected that Baku will launch new assaults against moves to recognize the Genocide and the foreign policy of Artsakh and Armenia.
  3. International public opinion links the 1915 Genocide with other genocides, thus raising the importance of the issue.

The analyst pointed to three significant numbers – 100, 5 and 3.

The number 100 signifies the approach of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.

Five denotes the term of Armenia’s soon to be elected new parliament. Giragosian noted that the genocide issue has been a topic raised by some candidates during the campaign, even though Armenian-Turkish relations aren’t broached by the political forces. That’s to say that the elections are more about individual candidates than politics.

As to the number 3, Giragosian says that’s the number of years that Armenians have been waiting for Turkey to mark the Genocide.

Then there’s the number 60 billion. The analyst says this is the dollar amount compiled by the United Nations regarding compensation.

Giragosian said it was much more important for the Genocide to be accepted within Turkey than the U.S. He confessed this was a painfully slow process but that Armenia must be ready for the day when Turkey recognizes historical reality and present a list of specific demands.


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Comments (3)
1. Azeri22:00 - 20 April, 2012
$60 billion you say? Hmm. Do you want fries with that? :)
2. Hay01:17 - 21 April, 2012
keep the fries. $60billion plus the other 90% of our territories, and a formal apology. how does that sound?
3. Jack Kalpakian22:01 - 21 April, 2012
I agree. These demands should be kept simple as well. The first demand must be the Turkish adoption of a principle of "no further harm." This means that Turkey should remain neutral in all disputes related to Armenia with anyone else. It would also mean an end of the economic blockade and cost-free access by Armenia to all ports in Turkey. Second, all Armenian monuments in Turkey should be under joint jurisdiction while remaining under Turkish formal sovereignty. Third, a non-aggression pact as well as a treaty of cooperation should be signed. I think that Mr. Giragosian needs to formally reject the proposals of endless talk being proposed by HasNa, because they will not lead to anything. As for the money, I would say that Turkey should offer it indirectly -- it (along with its primary enablers, the US and the UK) should guarantee Armenian debts so that the savings on interest eventually add up to 60 billion USD, adjusted for inflation. Admittedly, this is a complex formula, but it would be one that would not see the exchange of money and would be politically sellable in the Turkish GNA. It would also signal to investors that Armenia is a great place for sunk investments in factories and research facilities etc. The package should come with a caveat -- deep anti-corruption programs in Armenia.
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