Ninety-nine years after the Genocide of Armenians, super powers continue to use it in their arsenal against Turkey, Raffi Hovannisian, Leader of Heritage Party, said at a seminar- discussion at the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), Tuesday.
"Meanwhile, the chain of recognitions prove that fact. Therefore, one should not be surprised with the constantly growing number of countries commemorating that big tragedy. In this light, the latest statement by Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan wherein his extends his condolences to the Armenian people does not arouse surprise either," the politician said.
The centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Western Armenia in 1915-1923 that claimed the lives of 1.5 million of Armenians will be marked in 2015. Ankara still denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, meanwhile, 44 out of 51 States of America have recognized the Armenian Genocide along with other 24 countries that have recognized it at different levels.
To recall, Armenia and Turkey lack diplomatic relations and the 330 km border between the two countries has been closed since 1993 on Ankara's initiative. The complicated relations between the counties are explained by the fact that Turkey supports Azerbaijani stance on the Karabakh problem and vehemently reacts to the process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide 1915.