Turkey must officially recognize the Armenian Genocide and meet all the demands: Turkish activists
Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide is the start of
a long process that will sharply change the Turks’ awareness of history. This is what representative of the DurDe NGO Levent Şensever mentioned in response to “Armenpress”’s question during a press conference. According to him, pressures from nongovernmental organizations and the international community’s focus on the Armenian Genocide will make Turkey recognize the Armenian Genocide and meet the Armenians’ demands. “There had not been any event commemorating the Armenian Genocide in Turkey between 1915 and 2010. In 2010, we organized an event for all Turks for the first time ever, and this year was the sixth event. Of course, the day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide was April 24th, but that’s not the only day of commemoration for us. There were more participants this year than we had expected. The events also sparked great interest among media representatives,” Levent Şensever emphasized.
According to him, the Turkish government held events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in order to distract attention from the Armenian Genocide, and DurDe tried to take action against that.
As far as the number of Turks supporting recognition of the Armenian Genocide is concerned, the Turkish activist mentioned that he didn’t know the exact number, but believes there are more and more Turks supporting Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
President of the EGAM Benjamin Abtan mentioned that EGAM is leading a campaign to establish justice and talked about the events that were held in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul. For the past three years, the Armenian General Benevolent Union has been holding ceremonies commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul in collaboration with Turkey’s human rights activists, intellectuals and members of civil society, as well as European organizations.