17:40 29.04.2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent extension of
condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War I
by Ottoman forces has been criticized by opposition parties, with
the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) describing it as "an apology
for genocide," the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Addressing a parliamentary group meeting of his party on April 29, MHP
head Devlet Bahceli described Erdogan's words as "non-national." "In
his message, which was written in its entirety with a non-national
look, Prime Minister Erdogan spoke of a 'just and conscientious stance'
and understanding that era's grievances regardless of religious and
ethnic roots," Bahceli said.

"But the prime minister's condolence is sort of an apology for
genocide," he added.

On the other hand, People's Democracy Party (HDP) co-chair Sebahat
Tuncel said opening state archives concerning the events of 1915,
as pledged by Erdogan earlier in the day, would be a "significant
but insufficient step."

"A Truth and Justice Commission should be founded and the past
should be faced," Tuncel said, delivering a speech at the first-ever
parliamentary group meeting of the HDP.

In a statement issued on April 23, the eve of the 99th anniversary
of the Armenian killings, Erdogan described the events of 1915 as
"inhumane," using more conciliatory language than has been the case
for Turkish leaders in the past.


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress