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    Azg Daily
    April 2 2010

    A top-notch lawyer in Turkey has urged the court in Ankara and the
    government of Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and remove
    all the statues of the former interior minister Talat Pasha from
    the country as one of the organizers of the Armenian Genocide, reports.

    According to the source, this may be one of the very rare cases when
    the Armenian genocide discussion moves from parliaments to legal field
    in courts. In a very rare case, the Armenian genocide discussion
    moves from parliament to a legal field in court. Most importantly,
    the case originated in Turkey's capital, Ankara.

    According one of the top Turkish newspapers Haberturk, a famous
    Turkish lawyer Bendal Jalil Ezman petitioned the Turkish government
    and the court to recognize the Armenian Genocide which happened in
    1915-1921 and remove all the statues of Talat Pasha from the country
    as well as rename all the street names that are named after him.

    According to the Ezman, after examining the events of those years he
    came to the conclusion that Talaat Pasha actually committed a crime
    and is the author of the Armenian Genocide.

    Thus, with this connection, Ezman asks the court in Turkey to qualify
    those horrific events of killing 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. He
    said Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire were systematically
    slaughtered and Turkey should face its past.

    "Turkey must face its past. Such a case is opened for the first time in
    Turkey," said attorney Ezman. Asked if he fears any negative reaction
    he said "if it comes, predestination is something in my head."

    More members of the Turkish society have come forward in the recent
    years acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. As the society aspires for
    European Union membership and the government proceeds more democratic
    reforms and opening discussions about the past are being made possible
    and more people learn about the past dark pages of the Ottoman period
    when 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered and deported from their
    living place and thus deprived from their fatherland in Eastern
    Anatolia as part of a systematic ethnic cleansing program carried be
    the government of Young Turks. More than 20 parliaments in the world
    have called those events genocide.

    It's unknown when the court will consider Ezman's lawsuit, the
    source reports.

    01.04.2010 16:41

    Prominent Turkish historian told Taraf newspaper in an interview that
    "the Young Turks planned to annihilate the entire Armenian population."

    Historian Selim Deringil told Taraf that there was also a distinction
    between the aims of the Young Turks and their predecessor Sultan
    Abdul Hamid at the turn of the 19th century, Asbarez reports.

    "The difference between Sultan Abdul Hamid and the Young Turks was
    that the Young Turks wanted to completely destroy and annihilate the
    Armenians, while Sultan Abdul Hamid sought to get rid of a certain
    element of Armenians, to diminish their economic dominance and to
    create and Islamic bourgeoisie."

    "There were Armenians [living] everywhere [in Turkey]. The massacre
    of Armenians took place in different cities. Today, the official
    history states that in all the areas where people were killed there
    were Armenians revolts; however, the majority of those were not
    rebellions," said Deringil.

    The historian told Taraf that between 1841 and 1897, 300,000 Armenian
    were massacred under Sultan Adbul Hamid. He claims that 800,000 were
    murdered during the Armenian Genocide.

    Deringil also cites the failures of Turkish policy after the
    establishment of the modern-day Republic. He told Taraf that at the
    onset of the Republic an estimated 300,000 Armenians lived in Turkey,
    while today that number has dwindled to 70,000.

    "Annihilation does not only happen through killings," claimed
    Derengil. "If you make life unbearable [for people] they will pick
    up and leave."

    Derengil also criticized Turkish historians, who, he said, spend
    all of their time trying to rationalize Turkey's official denialist
    position on the Genocide. "They work only to prove that Armenian
    assertions are baseless."

    After World War I, Derengil said, there was plenty of evidence that
    demonstrated the crimes, kidnapping and rape of Armenian women in
    Anatolia beginning in 1915. He cited that at that time the number of
    adoptions was 300,000"

    "This is worth discussion."

    16:46 ~U 01.04.10

    Some people in Turkey believe that Ankara should follow Serbia's
    example (as it retains to the Srebrenica massacre) and apologize to
    Armenians for the Armenian Genocide so that Turkey can become a full
    member of the European Union.

    Earlier this week, Serbia's parliament passed a landmark resolution
    offering an apology for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre - the worst
    incident of the Bosnian War - but stopped short of calling it genocide.

    In an interview with Turkish paper Haberturk, columnist Soli Ozel, who
    specializes in international relations, said that since Serbia was on
    the path toward EU membership, it was necessary to implement measures
    addressing those accusations of genocide directed at the country.

    "That is, that decision is directly related to EU membership. Serbian
    authorities, though it was a difficult decision, made it, while facing
    harsh criticism and counter-reaction from nationalists ... But as
    for what concerns Turkey, on the issue of the Armenian Genocide,
    it has not yet reached that point. But it will be easier for Turkey
    from now on to take such initiatives. Turkey's Foreign Ministry needs
    to work on that issue," said Ozel.

    Maya Arakon, a professor of Turkey's Yeditepe University, in turn,
    told Haberturk that with that apology Serbia is trying to whitewash
    its history in accordance with EU standards, as its aim is to be a
    member of the EU.

    "We too, having before us the Armenian Genocide issue, can take
    such an initiative... For the EU, such an apology means progress in
    democracy... As we know, we are surrounded by the Armenian Genocide
    issue on all four sides. Following Serbia's example, Turkey can
    also apologize, without qualifying the 1915 events as genocide,"
    said Arakon, adding that it would strengthen Turkey's positions in
    the domain of foreign policy.