ArmInfo.On the eve of April 24, Ankara is once again launching an agitation machine to deny the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
Thus, the Turkish side organized an international conference on the events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire, during which the head of the Relations Department of the Turkish Presidential Administration, Fahrettin Altun, once again declared the inadmissibility of"attempts to politicize and distort historical events." He once again started the "old song" that the events of the First World War were full of tragic pages, and hurried to blame some circles. Moreover, he did not specify which ones, in using the theme of the events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire as a lever to promote imperialist goals.
At the same time, Altun assured that the decisions of the parliaments of individual countries on the events of that time "are based on a biased assessment of certain historical events", can not be considered an indicator of democracy and are allegedly part of the course of pressure on Ankara.
"Turkey continues to stand for the triumph of justice. This applies not only to modern processes, but also to historical realities. A clear indication of this is the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to form a joint scientific commission on the events of 1915. Erdogan's call is an indicator of the sincere desire of the Turkish side for the triumph of justice, " he said.
Altun recalled that since 2005, the Turkish authorities at the highest level honor the memory of the inhabitants of Anatolia, including the Armenians who died during the World War I.
"Those who, based on lies, speculate on the rights of the Ottoman Armenians, have never thought about the Armenian people. The goals of these circles are well known to us. This is pressure on Turkey. Attempts to create an atmosphere of hostility and contradictions between peoples by falsifying and distorting history are dangerous, " Altun concluded.
Armenia has repeatedly stated its readiness to normalize the Armenian-Turkish relations with Turkey without preconditions. One of the last such initiatives was the Zurich Protocols, signed in Zurich by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey on October 10, 2008 in the presence of the Foreign Ministers of Switzerland, Russia, the United States and France.
"However, just a day later, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, Erdogan, said that the ratification of the protocols would be possible only when the Armenian security forces leave Karabakh, thereby suspending the entire process." The protocols were denounced in early 2018 by the then President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.