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  • Erdogan banned calling Armenian Genocide “so-called”

    dogan banned calling Armenian Genocide “so-called”
    24.07.2007 14:26 GMT+04:00
    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Prime Minister of Turkey Receb Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly issued a confidential decree (No. 2007-18) on July 3 banning the use of the term “sozde” (alleged or so-called in Turkish) when referring to the Armenian Genocide. The news of this “secret” directive was made public on July 19 by Turkish “Ulusal Kanal” TV and its website and reposted on several other news sites since then. Turkish denialists reacted angrily to this decree, accusing the Prime Minister of undermining their efforts against the congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide. Turkish officials and reporters never fail to refer to the Armenian Genocide as the “so-called” or “alleged” genocide, thus casting doubt on the mass killings of Armenians by the Turkish government from 1915 to 1923. According to Erdogan’s decree, henceforth the Armenian Genocide should be described in official statements and public discourse as the “events of 1915” or “Armenian allegations regarding the events of 1915”.

    The Prime Minister’s office has reportedly sent this decree to all state institutions, including all ministries, governors, mayors, universities, courts, and the General Chief of Staff. Erdogan is said to have stated in his decree that he was taking this action on the basis of a resolution adopted by the Council of Europe in February 2005. This probably is a reference to a recommendation by several Turkish non-governmental organizations in February 2005 to “cleanse Turkish textbooks of xenophobia and ultra-nationalism”. The proposal was the result of a three-year study funded by the European Commission. Ulusal Kanal explained that the Council of Europe had called on Turkey to refrain from using certain disparaging words and phrases in referring to Armenians and Greeks in Turkish textbooks.
    http://www.panarmenian.net/news/eng/?nid=23075
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  • #2
    Not much of an improvement really - not sure if this is a positive development or not - my gut feel is that Turkey is still supporting denialist semantics and a posture of denial.
    Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
    Adolf Hitler (22 August 1939)

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    • #3
      I disagree ,this is huge!!!
      Not only we are forcing are enemies to change the language they use against us, it also creates opportunuty 's for more direct dialogue between us and like minded Turk's unfettered (or less fettered).The important thing is we are maintaining our status in the world's eyes as the moving party in this dispute and they are the ones giving way to freedom of speech between us and the Turks.I mean Turkish diaspora will look more foolish now using a "blatant denier's "stand compared to their state using "not admitting" stance.
      "All truth passes through three stages:
      First, it is ridiculed;
      Second, it is violently opposed; and
      Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

      Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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      • #4
        Btw, it looks like a scoop by Hye-Tert through a leak no ones picked up on it yet its naturally hush hush in the amazing press of Turkey.(they probably haven;t figure out what spin to put on it so soon after the election
        I love it!!!
        "All truth passes through three stages:
        First, it is ridiculed;
        Second, it is violently opposed; and
        Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

        Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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        • #5
          A big step forward !

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          • #6
            My opinion on this is as follows:

            The Turks are taking advice from their well-paid lobbyists in the US. Using the terms "so-called", "alleged", "false", etc make the Turks sound even more guilty. By toning down their rhetoric, they make the appearance that they are not denialists and are actually appeasing Armenians to a degree...which we very well know they are not. Smart move actually, though I don't think many Turkish institutions or the general public will go along with it.
            General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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            • #7
              Turkish prime minister bans calling the Armenian Genocide “alleged” by Harut Sassouni

              The prime minister of Turkey, Receb Tayyip
              Erdogan, has reportedly issued a confidential
              decree (No. 2007-18) on July 3 banning the
              use of the term “sozde” (alleged or so-called)
              when referring to the Armenian Genocide.
              The news of this “secret” directive was made
              public on July 19 by Turkish Ulusal Kanal
              television and its website, and reposted on
              several other news sites since then. Turkish
              denialists reacted angrily to this decree, accusing
              the prime minister of undermining
              their efforts against the Congressional resolution
              on the Armenian Genocide.
              Turkish officials and reporters never fail
              to refer to the Armenian Genocide as the
              “so-called” or “alleged” genocide, thus casting
              doubt on the mass killings of Armenians by
              the Turkish government in 1915–23.
              According to Mr. Erdogan’s decree, henceforth
              the Armenian Genocide should be described
              in official statements and public discourse
              as the “events of 1915” or “Armenian
              allegations regarding the events of 1915.”
              The prime minister’s office has reportedly
              sent this decree to all state institutions, including
              all ministries, governors, mayors,
              universities, courts, and the Turkish General
              Staff.
              Mr. Erdogan is said to have stated in his
              decree that he was taking this action on the
              basis of a resolution adopted by the Council
              of Europe in February 2005. This probably is
              a reference to a recommendation by several
              Turkish nongovernmental organizations in
              February 2005 to cleanse Turkish textbooks
              of “xenophobia, machismo, and ultranationalism.”
              The proposal was the result of a threeyear
              study funded by the European Commission.
              Ulusal Kanal explained that the
              Council of Europe had called on Turkey to
              refrain from using certain disparaging words
              and phrases in referring to Armenians and
              Greeks in Turkish textbooks.
              The European Parliament has adopted
              a number of resolutions since 1987 urging
              the government of Turkey to recognize the
              Armenian Genocide, if it wished to join the
              European Union. However, the EU has not
              made such recognition a requirement for
              Turkish membership.
              Mr. Erdogan has reportedly ordered that
              his decree remain confidential, while mandating
              its implementation by all officials and
              society at large. In the coming days, it remains
              to be seen whether Turkish government
              officials and the media will indeed stop
              referring to the Armenian Genocide as “alleged”
              or “so-called.” Especially interesting
              will be the case of Foreign Minister Abdullah
              Gul, who makes frequent denialist statements
              on the Armenian Genocide.
              If the news of this decree proves to be accurate,
              it would be widely criticized by Turkish
              denialists, while being hailed by Europeans
              as a sign of progress by Turkey on the taboo
              subject of the Armenian Genocide.
              It is noteworthy that when Prime Minister
              Erdogan first came to power, he made cautious
              statements when asked about the Armenian
              Genocide. Notably, he did not deny the fact of
              the Armenian Genocide, but simply stated that
              “these events” must be researched or looked
              into to find out what really happened.
              Immediately, the Turkish military establishment
              and ultranationalists began accusing
              him of being too pliant in accepting “imposed
              terms” for joining the European Union, and
              not reacting strongly against Kurdish and Armenian
              demands. In response, Mr. Erdogan
              started taking tougher positions against EU
              membership requirements, the Armenian
              Genocide, claims for Kurdish autonomy, the
              Cyprus conflict, and Israel’s mistreatment of
              Palestinians. The prime minister wanted to
              show his hawkish opponents at home that he
              was just as good a Turk as his critics and that
              they were wrong in accusing him of compromising
              Turkey’s national interests.
              On the Armenian Genocide issue, he went
              from saying that he did not know what really
              had happened in 1915, to denying outright
              that genocide had taken place, claiming that
              the Turkish nation could not have committed
              such a heinous crime. Ironically, while repeatedly
              denying the facts of the Armenian Genocide,
              he was, at the same time, suggesting that
              a commission of historians be formed to study
              whether such a crime had been committed.
              It remains to be seen whether Prime Minister
              Erdogan, following his party’s major
              victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections,
              would be much less sensitive to the accusations
              of his opponents. His newly revealed
              decree on banning the term “alleged” Armenian
              Genocide could be an early sign that the
              prime minister now feels politically strong
              enough to take more liberal and daring positions
              on a number of thorny domestic and
              foreign policy issues, including the Armenian
              Genocide.http://www.armenianreporteronline.co...2007/A0728.pdf
              "All truth passes through three stages:
              First, it is ridiculed;
              Second, it is violently opposed; and
              Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

              Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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