Even though EU countries' resolutions on the 1915 incidents did not go beyond aggravating the process, we should keep in mind that we have an opportunity to make up for the sorrows that were experienced as Hrant Dink many times had also emphasized
The centenary of the 1915 incidents has passed. The decisions made by parliaments, particularly by the parliaments of EU countries, did not go beyond aggravating the process of conflict resolution between Turkey and Armenia.
It is possible to put forward the following two arguments in relation to the idea that the 1915 incidents might be called legal. On the one hand, it is possible to argue that it was a deliberate massacre by propounding the sheer number of Armenians who lost their lives because of attacks, epidemics and other similar conditions during exile. On the other hand, it can be suggested that there was deportation, but no intention of carrying out genocide considering Armenians were allowed to live in provinces such as Istanbul and Kütahya with the approval of the Committee of Union and Progress government.Anyone who is aware of this should consider the situation today as well as that of 100 years ago. Hrant Dink was an intellectual of this kind. He thought that what was done was genocide, but his concerns went beyond the acceptance of the term genocide.
In his last interview before he was assassinated, Hrant Dink made the following remarks: "Who will treat us? The decision of the French Senate? The decision of the U.S. Senate? Who will give a prescription? Who is our doctor? Armenians are the doctors of Turks; Turks are the doctors of Armenians. There are no other medicines or doctors than these. Dialogue is the only remedy and they are the doctors of each other."
When he received the 2006 Henri Nannen Prize for Freedom of the Press in Germany, he made the following statements during his address to the assembly that included German ministers and deputies: "Often, we authors and illustrators do not bother only some people, but also all people, and today, I might bother you a little bit. [The presenter] mentioned a significant date, he told of the tragedy that my people experienced. Yes, there was a people who had been living there for 4,000 years, they had created a significant civilization. Now they are not there, or very few of them remain there. Well, were Turks the only people responsible for this? Did you, Europeans, have a responsibility? Do we need to ask this question ourselves? If we ask this question, we can much more clearly put forward what we need to do today. Yes, all of us, including Europeans, have a responsibility for the sorrows that were experienced. But today, there is an opportunity to make up for these sorrows. I would like to tell you of Turkey. I am talking about a county that might look very dark, very religious, very nationalist from outside, but I am coming from inside that country. It is not a dark country. It is being enlightened and we make efforts to enlighten it. We expect you to support our efforts properly …"
The Republic of Turkey has adopted an attitude acknowledging the sorrows of the 1915 incidents and striving to make up for them. The following statements in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's message, which was read out during the centennial commemoration of the 1915 incidents at the Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul, confirm this perspective. "We managed to found the state of the Republic of Turkey without forgetting these sorrows, but knowing to cope with them. Regardless of ethnic and religious identities, we work and struggle with all of our citizens and friends in order to reach better days on the basis of tranquility, peace and brotherhood."
Turkey wishes Armenia to be one of those friends. Now that the decisions of European parliaments have faded, we can look ahead.
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