Armenian politician says condolence offered by ErdoIan is a promising step

PARIS (CIHAN)- Former French Deputy Domestic Affairs Minister of Armenian origin Patrick Deveciyan stated that a condolence offered by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan is a promising step for a dialogue between Turkey and Armenia.

In an interview with Cihan news agency, Deveciyan commented on an unprecedented move from Turkey as extended condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians who lost their lives in 1915. The statement came on Wednesday, ahead of April 24, when Armenians commemorate the events they describe as genocide under Ottoman rule.

“It is our hope and belief that the peoples of an ancient and unique geography, who share similar customs and manners will be able to talk to each other about the past with maturity and to remember together their losses in a decent manner. And it is with this hope and belief that we wish that the Armenians who lost their lives in the context of the early twentieth century rest in peace, and we convey our condolences to their grandchildren,” said the statement.

“For the first time after 100 years, Turkish government has expressed condolence for grief of Armenians. This is a progress. This is considered as a step even though it is not a great one,” said Deveciyan. Deveciyan stated that Turkey gave the impression that it is ready to open its border with Armenian with the latest explanation and that is a necessary step for a mutual dialogue between the two countries.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 SOURCE: CIHAN