Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
Since 1960 I have been trying in vain to understand the policy of the Turkish Government, Murat Belge, writer, professor of Bilgi University, said on Wednesday during a discussion on Turkey organized by Civilitas Foundation.
He said that in Turkey there are people who oppose the Kemalist ideology as nationalist and are persecuted for that by their government.
Belge believes that Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide is forcing France, Germany and the United States to take some countermeasures. He said that Turkey cannot recognize the genocide for personal purposes. He noted that it is easy to apologize, but it is hard to forgive. Even if the governments reach some agreement, the relations between the peoples will still remain problematic.
Belge said that some 10 years ago few of his students were aware of the events of 1915 as the authorities sponsored universities so they wrote books denying the events. Today, they don't do such things, but they are still happy when some researcher denies the Armenian Genocide on his own initiative. For example, one Turkish researcher was awarded the degree of doctor for an essay saying that the Armenians are an underdeveloped nation because they had no statehood for centuries.
Belge believes that though proclaimed a doctor, that man needs a doctor himself.