Thursday, September 13, 2007
Turkey should mature for Armenian Genocide recognition
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ “The problem is not in the Armenian Genocide recognition but in Turkey’s policy. Turks suffer from the guilt complex while Armenians cannot overcome the victim complex. The Turkish nation should mature for the Genocide recognition. We are neighbors and this fact is unchangeable. However, Turks deprived us of motherland and do not even allow us to visit it directly,” diplomat and historian Ara Papian said in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.
“Nevertheless, Armenians should speak of all genocides and understand that it’s not a historical issue but the issue of present and future. International pressure on Turkey will increase,” he noted.
“Presently, Turkey faces a choice: either to become a European state or remain as such, i.e dangerous for its neighbors. Nationalism proclaimed by Ataturk rests on the General Staff. On the other hand, Islamists do not share European values. Just go 200 km away from Istanbul and you will see Turkey living as if in the 19th century, not to mention the vilayets bordering with Armenia,” he said