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    Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

    Turkey's prime minister has threatened to deport 100,000 Armenian migrants, amid renewed tensions over Turkish mass killings of Armenians in World War I.



    Turkey's prime minister has threatened to deport 100,000 Armenian migrants, amid renewed tensions over Turkish mass killings of Armenians in World War I.

    Recent resolutions in the US and Sweden have called the killings "genocide".

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that of 170,000 Armenians living in Turkey "70,000 are Turkish citizens".

    "We are turning a blind eye to the remaining 100,000... Tomorrow, I may tell these 100,000 to go back to their country, if it becomes necessary."

    Thousands of Armenians, many of them women, work illegally in Turkey. Most do low-skilled jobs such as cleaning.

    Faltering diplomacy

    Mr Erdogan was speaking in an interview with the BBC's Turkish Service, in which he was asked about the recent votes by lawmakers in the US and Sweden.

    The resolutions, recognising the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "genocide", were passed narrowly, and in both cases Turkey reacted angrily.

    Mr Erdogan said the resolutions "harm the Armenian people as well... and things become deadlocked".

    Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian was quoted as telling parliament on Wednesday that Mr Erdogan's comments only reminded Armenians of the mass killings.

    "These kinds of political statements do not help to improve relations between our two states," he said.

    "When the Turkish prime minister allows himself to make such statements it immediately for us brings up memories of the events of 1915."

    Diplomatic moves to normalise relations between Turkey and Armenia have faltered recently.

    Hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in 1915, when they were deported en masse from eastern Anatolia by the Ottoman Empire. They were killed by troops or died from starvation and disease.

    Armenia says up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed, but Turkey says the figure is no more than one-third of that and that many Turks died as well.

    Turkey accepts that atrocities were committed but argues they were part of the war and that there was no systematic attempt to destroy the Christian Armenian people.

    Armenia wants Turkey to recognise the killings as an act of genocide, but successive Turkish governments have refused to do so.

    Armenians have campaigned for the killings to be recognised internationally as genocide - and more than 20 countries have done so.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8572934.stm
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    Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

    well these armenians should have not gone there from the beginning, they could go where ever they wished, like hundreds of thousands did already (which by the way is condemnable but looking from the economical point of view and taking into consideration that this emigration is temporary (?) we could understand their position) because they did not learn anything from history -as I always do refer to the past- now they are threatened by expellation, same blackmail when like in the past the small number of armenians which use to live there were threatened when AG commemorations approached in the diaspora by the turkis h government to harm them. they were and are hostages and diasporans have this bad feeling that our hands are tied because of them

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    • #3
      Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

      If he does expel them, looking forward to the ethnic cleansing case Armenia could take in the UN against Turkey. Because quite literally that is what expelling the Armenian's would mean; forcing people out of the country against their will and appropriating money, property and possessions; sounds very Mugabe Zimbabwe to me.

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        Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

        I dont think that prime minister seriously intends to do so however I am surprised that none of the opposition parties have protested this approach.

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          Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

          Originally posted by salutetrk View Post
          I dont think that prime minister seriously intends to do so however I am surprised that none of the opposition parties have protested this approach.
          Actually, Deniz Baykal of the opposition CHP condemned Erdogan for it.
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          • #6
            Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

            Yea, he was also saying something like.....the well being of Armenians in Turkey is our best lobby (i assume against AG recognition).
            B0zkurt Hunter

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            • #7
              Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

              I hope turkey is not thinking to expel them to "Deir El-Zor" this time too!



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                Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

                Actually, Deniz Baykal of the opposition CHP condemned Erdogan for it.
                I read somewhere that the opposition had actually made a similar statement last week, one of them wanted to punish the Armenians in a way that they'd never forget.

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                • #9
                  Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

                  Erdogan is lowering himself the the level of IDI AMIN DADA.

                  Signs of desperation in the face of the inevitable.
                  Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
                  Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
                  Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests

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                  • #10
                    Re: Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

                    It could be that Erdogan has been unnerved by the recent failed coup attempt and is cynically pandering to Turkish chauvinists to renforce his ailing position.
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yAkDde2DPc

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