Genocide 100: Dashnak leader says “recognition tsunami” has begun
Genocide 100: Dashnak leader says “recognition tsunami” has begun –
Armenianow – Giro Manoyan, director of the International Secretariat of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Bureau in Yerevan, says the predicted “tsunami” of publicity has occurred ahead of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Manoyan told reporters Monday that especially last week when the Pope recognized the Ottoman Turks’ slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as the first genocide of the 20th century, the Pontiff’s statement started the tsunami that Turkey is so much afraid of.
“This means that during the following days the tsunami will continue, especially through different events organized in Yerevan on April 22-24. All this is the result of both decades of work and the work of the recent years, realized both by individuals and organizations, institutions and state and the Church,” Manoyan said.
According to Manoyan, Turkey also failed with its initiative of the centennial of the Gallipoli battle, which was supposed to cast a shadow on April 24 events devoted to the Armenian Genocide.
“It did not happen and never will, on the contrary, with that initiative Turkey created excessive interest in our events and in general, big international organizations will definitely have their opinion, which Turkey is trying to stop,” Manoyan said adding that Turkey will not burn bridges with any country which recognized the Genocide, they will simply make rough announcements during these months, and then everything will normalize.
Referring to U.S. President Barrack Obama’s broken pledge to use the word “genocide” in six annual commemoration day speeches, Manoyan said that president himself made a promise, and if he does not want to keep his promise, it is his problem.
“If until May 9 when main American events will be taking place in Washington (Obama) does not fulfill his promise, we should not only stop inquiring, but also say that we do not want it anymore. It is a fact now that if the Turkish President says it, the US President also will,” Manoyan says.