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Turkey's new EU envoy admits Armenian genocide

By Rudaw 1/9/2015
 Ali Haydar Konca is Minister of European Union Affairs in Turkey. Photo: Rudaw
Ali Haydar Konca is Minister of European Union Affairs in Turkey. Photo: Rudaw

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's newly appointed envoy to to the European Union (EU) said Tuesday that genocide was committed against Armenians in Turkey during the First World War.

Ali Haydar Konca, a parliamentarian with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was recently appointed as Minister of European Union Affairs by the Turkish interim cabinet. His comments contradict the long-held position of the Turkish government.   

 “The fact that genocide happened is explicit and clear and everybody accepts that. Right now, the issue is what it should be called. We will make a decision in our party about that,” Konca told the press.

In April, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will ignore any decision by the EU parliament qualifying the 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide.

“Whatever decision the European parliament makes today would go in one ear and out from the other because it is not possible for Turkey to accept such a sin or crime,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on April 15.

The denial of the Armenian Genocide is officially outlawed in Switzerland, Cyprus, Slovakia, and Greece.

This is the first time that a Turkish authority has admitted Turkey committed genocide against Armenians.

The Turkish government acknowledges that during the First World War many Armenians died, but has rejected claims that Turks committed genocide against Armenians the during ethnic conflicts of the time.

The number of Armenians killed ranges from 800,000 to 1.5 million, according to historians. 

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Shoresh barzinji | 1/9/2015
The first genocide of the 20th century the Armenian genocide and later the Kurdish genocide committed by the Turkish racist state are well documented,only the fascist and sadistic mentality will deny these horrible facts.'Turkey's rulers hiding their heads in the sand like ostriches to fool who!
firat | 1/9/2015
why? because hes from the kurdish party. Turks will never do such a thing, turks probably see him as a traitor.
Sevbiber | 1/9/2015
Brave and Noble act.
George Ihlefeldt | 1/9/2015
Maybe Turkey is getting a second chance if it makes a mutually beneficial arrangement with its Kurdish population.
M Gonzales
M Gonzales | 1/9/2015
I don't understand why Turkey would deny something that happened 100 year's ago, none of the killers or Armenian survivors are even alive today.
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