Erdogan’s statement not addressed to Armenians

Artak Barseghyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Although the Turkish Prime Minister’s unexpected statement on the eve of the Armenian Genocide was unprecedented from the political point of view, it is a continuation of Ankara’s policy of denial, political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters today.

According to him, every sentence of Erdogan’s statement has a clear direction and clandestine ideas, which will be applied in the coming year ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The fact that Erdogan’s statement was issued in different languages, including Eastern and Western Armenian, shows that it was addressed to the international community, not Armenians, the political scientist said.

Nevertheless, Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan did not describe the Turkish Prime Minister’s message as sensational.

According to him, Ankara simply feels the necessity of taking the future developments in the direction favorable to them, as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is a serious political tool, which the Turkish authorities are trying to neutralize. 

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