World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet with Jewish and Armenian representatives in New York during his visit to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly for Climate Summit.
Th summit will commence of September 22 and end on October 1, with Erdogan expected to meet a committee from the World Jewish Congress which will include Ronald Steven Lauder on the second day of his visit.
Erdogan is also scheduled to meet Armenian Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of Diocese of Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and the president of the Fund for Armenian Relief.
In May, Erdogan stopped short of an apology for the incidents of 1915, which led to an unknown number of people dying in civil strife after the Ottoman Empire approved a deportation law for Armenians on April 24 of that year.
Armenian lobby groups particularly in the West have been campaigning to have the incident recognized as a 'genocide', an accusation Turkey denies.
However, ahead of the anniversary of the incident, Erdogan said "Regardless of their ethnic or religious origins, we pay tribute, with compassion and respect, to all Ottoman citizens who lost their lives in the incidents of 1915."
The message was welcomed by Armenian intellectuals and the Armenian Patriarchate in Turkey as a positive step.
The 1915 incidents took place during World War I, when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with invading Russians and rose up against the Ottoman authority. The uprisings were followed by a decision by the Ottoman-era officials to relocate the Armenians living in eastern Anatolia.Last Mod: 22 Eylül 2014, 15:55