Obama Statement On Armenia Is Disapointing, But At Least No Mention Of “Genocide” PDF Print E-mail

President Obama’s statement on April 24, 2010 on Armenia was very disappointing but at least he did not mention the word “genocide”.

Why his statement is very disappointing:

Inexplicably, the President makes no reference to the Turkey-Armenia protocols, or to the provision in the Protocols which call for the establishment of a historical sub-commission to look into the historical events in Armenia.

The statement uses the term “Meds Yeghern” which some Armenians use to refer to “genocide” but which can also be translated as great tragedy.

He also says in his statement “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed”. Exactly what this means is unclear, since the President did use the term “genocide “ in the past (for example during his presidential campaign) to refer to the events in Armenia. As a senator, he supported legislation calling the events in Armenia genocide, and in a statement in January 2008, called the Armenian genocide “a widely documented fact.”

In his statement, the President failed to take a leadership role in this issue and show his support for Turkey, an American ally.

The statement could have been helpful to the process of Turkey-Armenia rapprochement, but instead, the President tried to make sure that he would please everyone (by using fuzzy language), but in the process satisfied no one.

April 24th has passed, but there will be future April 24th’s. Let us hope that the President will show leadership in the future on this issue and continue to resist pressure to label the events in Armenia as “genocide” which would trigger a disaster in US-Turkish relations.

Originally appeared on www.turkishny.com on April 25th 2010