Lively Armenian/Turkish Debate

June 6, 2014

During a lively discussion on an Iraqi satellite channel, on June 2, between Keghart.com reporter-at-large Hamo Moskofian and popular Turkish TV commentator Muhammed Zehdi Gul, the latter made crucial admissions about Ottoman Turkey's planned genocide of Armenians in 1915.  Gul, who is close to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, often reflects the Turkish leader's policies and tactics regarding the Genocide and the Armenian Cause ("Hye Tadd"). The discussion was moderated by journalist Mouhammed Al Douri.

Click on "Al-Ittijah" (Direction) to view the debate in Arabic

The Turkish TV personality, who is fluent in Arabic and often appears on Arab and Turkish  TV, acknowledged on the Iraqi satellite channel that the massacres were committed by the Ottoman and the Ittihad ve Teraki leaders against the Armenians. He also said the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers had ran red with Armenian blood. The Iraqi channel is viewed by 22 million Arabs and Turks. The debate was taped at the station's Beirut studio.

June 6, 2014

During a lively discussion on an Iraqi satellite channel, on June 2, between Keghart.com reporter-at-large Hamo Moskofian and popular Turkish TV commentator Muhammed Zehdi Gul, the latter made crucial admissions about Ottoman Turkey's planned genocide of Armenians in 1915.  Gul, who is close to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, often reflects the Turkish leader's policies and tactics regarding the Genocide and the Armenian Cause ("Hye Tadd"). The discussion was moderated by journalist Mouhammed Al Douri.

Click on "Al-Ittijah" (Direction) to view the debate in Arabic

The Turkish TV personality, who is fluent in Arabic and often appears on Arab and Turkish  TV, acknowledged on the Iraqi satellite channel that the massacres were committed by the Ottoman and the Ittihad ve Teraki leaders against the Armenians. He also said the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers had ran red with Armenian blood. The Iraqi channel is viewed by 22 million Arabs and Turks. The debate was taped at the station's Beirut studio.

Upon Moskofian's insistence, Gul called Mustafa Kemal Ataturk a "criminal" due to the Turkish dictator's policies toward the Alevis, Armenians, Kurds and Christians. The Turkish commentator said that during the dictatorship of Kenaan Evren thousands of Turkish citizens perished in the dungeons of military junta.

A pro-Erdogan journalist, Gul said that soon Turkey will pass a law granting Turkish passports to Armenians whose forefathers "fled" Turkey. He added that Erdogan has allocated US$2 billion as compensation to the Armenian community of Istanbul. The figure was confirmed by an Istanbul Armenian delegation visiting Beirut recently.

Gul listed 40 Ottoman Armenian ministers, dozens of ambassadors, seven diplomats, and many architects and public figures who helped the Ottoman Empire flourish. He wished that at last reconciliation takes place in 2015.

Gul smiled when Moskofian insisted that Turkey must reconcile with its 'black history', in the words of wirter Ragib Zarakolu, and acknowledge its responsibility for the first genocide of the 20th Century, and compensate.

 

2 comments
  1. 1915 Genocide

    The Armenians were not the only ones massacred. Close to 1,000,000 Assyrians were slaughtered in the process in addition to Pontic Greeks, but the Armenians do not want to admit that as if they were the only ones living in what is today South-East Turkey.

  2. Assyrians, Pontian Greeks



    Reply to Mary.
    Because of the enormity of the Armenian loss and because of lack of knowledge, Armenians have, for decades, concentrated on the world's–and particularly Turkey's–acknowledgment of the Genocide of Armenians. In recent years Armenian organizations and individuals, upon learning what Turkey did to the Assyrians and the Pontian Greeks, have not only acknowledged their tragedies but also promoted their just cause. For example, Armenians of Australia, have worked closely in the past year with Assyrians and Greeks in that country.

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