Sunday, 26 April 2009

Armenia: Update on Obama’s speech

Link: REMEMBERING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: Obama’s words rebuked [GlendaleNewsPress.com]

As previously suspected, Obama in fact did not use the word “genocide” during his statement on Friday but instead used the term “atrocities” and the Armenian phrase “Meds Yeghern” meaning “Great Calamity”.

This is not a popular decision and it is doubtless that Obama reacted to political pressure from the Turkish government that the US/Turkish relationship would suffer permanent damage if he formally recognised the events as an act of genocide.  The other item the Turkish government held for ransom was the reconciliation process with Armenia.  Given this, I would say that it is vital that continuing pressure be put on the Turkish government now to make the reconciliation process a success.

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