Armenian intellectuals plan counter-apology campaign

similar campaign launched by Turkish intellectuals in December 2008 for 1915 incidents during the Ottoman State triggered a heated debate in Turkey.

Armenian intellectuals plan counter-apology campaign

Armenian intellectuals are preparing to launch a campaign to apologize for the killings of Turks by Armenian gangs and the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) during the final years of the Ottoman State.

A similar campaign launched by Turkish intellectuals in December 2008 for 1915 incidents during the Ottoman State triggered a heated debate in Turkey and drew angry criticism from certain circles which claimed the apology campaign would deal a blow to Turkey's efforts to normalize relations with Armenia.

An academic and the co-chairman of the Turkish-Armenian Dialogue Group, Armen Gakavian, who talked to the Radikal daily yesterday about the apology initiative, said the "group of Armenian intellectuals was opposing any kind of violence committed in the past."

"I apologize to the Ottomans and Turks for the murders committed in the name of the Armenian public and share the feelings of innocent Ottomans and Turks who feel pain over this," reads the text of the Armenian intellectuals' apology campaign.

Gakavian said the reason prompting the Armenian intellectuals to initiate the apology campaign was the similar campaign launched by a group of Turkish intellectuals.

Ankara, which has no diplomatic relations with Armenia, wants Yerevan to abandon its campaign for the recognition of the 1915 killings as genocide and to make progress in its dispute with Azerbaijan before formal diplomatic relations can be established.

A visit by President Abdullah Gül to Yerevan in early September to watch a World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and Armenia's national soccer teams, upon an invitation by Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan, broke the ice between the two countries.

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Andy Uzel
Andy Uzel - 10 yıl Before

Armen Gakavian spoke only on behalf of himself, and the quote in the article is written wrong. He never said he spoke for any other Armenians.
He has since retracted ALL his comments and regretted his words. This is fact, and a simple google search will show you this.
Armen Gakavian graduated from University of Sydney but lectures in a small community christian college with no real academic potential or future. His words have fallen deaf to many ears.