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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Turkey's Kurds Seek Forgiveness for 1915 Armenian Genocide

"The Armenian population is melting."

This bleak assessment was pronounced by Sahak Mashalyan, an Armenian Orthodox priest, during a recent Sunday mass at the Asdvadzadzin church in Istanbul. Reeling off the statistics: 482 funerals, 236 baptisms and 191 weddings, the black-robed cleric solemnly intoned, "These figures point to a community ? that is dying."

Little over a century ago, the Armenian Patriarchate put Anatolia's Armenian population at more than two million. In 1915, tragedy struck. Estimated figures vary, but between 800,000 and a million Armenians are thought to have been slaughtered by Ottoman forces and their Kurdish allies in what many respected historians call the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey vehemently denies any genocidal intent. The official line is that most of the Armenians died from hunger and disease, as they were forcibly deported to the deserts of Syria amid the upheaval of the collapsing empire.

The ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party has done more than any of its pro-secular predecessors to improve the lot of Christian minorities and to encourage freer debate of the horrors that befell them. Yet it has also showered millions of dollars on international lobbying firms in a vain effort to peddle the official version of events. A steady trickle of nations continue to recognize the events of 1915 as genocide. Turkey's biggest worry is that on the centenary in 2015, the United States will risk wrecking relations and follow suit.

In Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakir, global diplomacy does not figure in the calculations of Abdullah Demirbas, the mayor of the city's ancient Sur district. A maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with decrepit stone houses, Sur used to be known as the "neighborhood of the infidels" because of the large number of Armenians, Syrian Orthodox Christians and Jews who once lived there. Since being twice elected to office on the ticket of Turkey's largest pro-Kurdish party, Peace and Democracy (BDP), Demirbas, a stocky former schoolteacher with an easy smile, has thrown himself wholeheartedly into making amends for the past.

"As Kurds, we also bear responsibility for the suffering of the Armenians," he told Al-Monitor over glasses of ruby-red tea. "We are sorry, and we need to prove it." As a first step, Demirbas launched free Armenian-language classes two years ago at the municipality offices. "They were an instant hit," Demirbas said. Many of those who enrolled were thought to be "hidden Armenians" or the descendants of those who converted to Islam to survive.

Read the full article from Al Monitor here:
Turkey's Kurds Seek Forgiveness for 1915 Armenian Genocide - AINA

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