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NOAH’S DOVE RETURNS. Armenia, Turkey and the Debate on Genocide
NOAH’S DOVE RETURNS. Armenia, Turkey and the Debate on Genocide

Author(s): Author Not Specified
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Politics of History/Memory
Published by: ESI – European Stability Initiative
Keywords: Armenia-Turkey relation; genocide of Armenians;
Summary/Abstract: No single topic poisons relations between Turks and Armenians more than the 1915 destruction of the Armenian communities of Anatolia, and the question of whether it constituted genocide. For Turkey, the fight against genocide recognition on the international stage has been a central goal of foreign policy. For Armenians, the genocide and the resulting loss of a traditional homeland is a defining element of their national identity. At present, the two countries have no diplomatic relations. The border between them remains closed. In recent times the first signs of a rapprochement have appeared, with the political leadership on both sides making conciliatory gestures. For a normalisation of relations to take place, however, both sides will have to overcome some deeply entrenched prejudices. || Today is a critical period for both countries. Restoring diplomatic relations and opening the border, though only first steps towards reconciliation, would marginalise extremist voices on both sides, enabling a more reasonable and measured debate to go forward. Turkey should stop trying to stifle discussion of the Armenian genocide both at home and abroad – and avoid over-reacting if, as might well happen, any more of its allies recognise the events of 1915 as genocide. For their part, Armenians must accept that recognition of the genocide will never pave the way for challenging a territorial settlement that has stood for nearly a century.

  • Page Count: 34
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English