Only a week after expressing condolences for the 1915 deportation and killings of Armenians, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the small Armenian community still living in Turkey was proof that there was no genocide in the past.
Speaking in an interview with Charlie Rose from PBS, Erdoğan said what happened in 1915 could not be described as a “genocide.”
“This is not possible. Because if there were a genocide, [there would not be] Armenians still living in Turkey,” Erdoğan said, reiterating that Ankara was ready to open its historical archives…
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Wow, Erdoğan really has a talent for saying the wrong thing and the wrong time!
According to Wikipedia, “The present Armenian population is estimated between 40,000 and 70,000 mostly living in Istanbul and the environs. Even the small number of actual Turkish Armenians living in Turkey is diminishing further due to emigration to Europe, Americas and Australia.”
It says further, “Estimates for the number of Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire in the decade before World War I range between 1.3 to 2.0 million.”