Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
The world must be ready to learn the truth about the events of 1915, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said during a conference of diplomats.
TRT Haber quotes him as saying that in order to understand what is going on today, one should more often refer to history. "To forget history is a crime," Erdogan said.
Now that the 100th year of the Armenian Genocide is near, more and more such crucial statements are being made.
The Armenian-Turkish protocols signed in Zurich on Oct 10 2009 suggested forming a commission of independent historians. Turkey was thereby trying to turn the Armenian Genocide into a historical issue. But the protocols were not ratified because of Ankara's preconditions.
Turkey's official position on the Armenian Genocide is that the events of 1915 were a result of WW1.