The review of Turkish media on the recognition...

The review of Turkish media on the recognition of Armenian Genocide by Germany Bundestag

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The recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the German Parliament  gave rise to serious discussions in Turkey, to which the press in this country made reference.

In general the media showed restraint, and there were no any abusive or highly critical statements against  Germany or Armenia which is a positive trend in the case of Turkey. This can be explained by the fact that, as was noted by the media, this was not unexpected for Turkey as the recognition of Armenian Genocide by Germany had been an issue for quite a long time. It’s became more acute for the statement made by the president of Germany Joachim Gauck last year. That the question was not unexpected, seen in Milliyet Newspaper remarks on the issues of visa liberalization and recent immigrants which had caused the conflict between  two countries. And Turkey’s behavior was the same without changing: recall of ambassadors, sending diplomatic notes, etc. The lack of an obvious support to Erdogan by the media also can be explained by his negative policy towards it.

Sözcu Newspaper made an interesting observation on the fact that for the problems Turkey  began to blame others, but especially  the propaganda of the Armenian Diaspora, and there was  a remark that Armenia  also had a role in that work. Armenian Genocide Museum was brought as an example which operates in contrast to a similar museum in Turkey  which is a lying idle. Press  also made reference to the consequences of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Thus Yeniçağ has made a very important observation, that from now on the Turks in Germany will read  the word Armenian Genocide in textbooks which is a very serious factor.  However, according to Cumhuriyet Newspaper review, Turkey’s denial policy remains the same  which will continue.

We think that this resolution will not bring major changes in the German-Turkish relations. Probably Turkish society also thinks  so, as in media it is constantly circulated  the fact that both countries are linked by deeper economic, political and cultural ties.  In general the impression is that Erdogan’s both internal and external policy does not find at least expressed response  in Turkish society. Despite this, in general there was no explanation of the problem from the perspective of cause-and-effect ties, and again the word Armenian Genocide is taken in quotation marks or presented in the «so-called genocide»  phrase. We think that such raising and discussions of the issue by any country  can lead to a tangible result in terms of the change of mentality of the Turkish society.

Karen Sirunyan

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