Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
Jan 30 2015

Armenian president describes Turkey's April 24 invitation as `cynical
and shortsighted'


Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄ?an's invitation to ceremonies
marking the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli in Çanakkale in late
April, which coincides with the remembrance day for the victims of the
1915 mass killings of Armenians, was `cynical and shortsighted,'
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has said.

`They say any measures are suitable in politics, but I believe Ankara
offered a bad service to itself in this matter,' Sargsyan said on Jan.
29, according to

Amid plans to hold large ceremonies to mark the centenary of the
Battle of Gallipoli on April 23 and 24, rather than in the traditional
March, ErdoÄ?an sent out invitations to the leaders of 102 countries,
including Armenian President Sargsyan and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Sargsyan rebuffed the invitation in letter addressed to ErdoÄ?an,
recalling an invitation extended to the Turkish president to attend
ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 deportation and
killing of Ottoman Armenians, which is considered `genocide' by
Armenians and many historians.

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From: Baghdasarian