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Armenia, Turkey Sign Accord

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Posted on Oct 10, 2009

A monument in Yerevan, Armenia, to the hundreds of thousands of Armenians killed in 1915.

Despite a last-minute hitch, Turkey and Armenia signed an agreement normalizing relations. The accord comes almost a century after the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915, an action for which Turkey denies responsibility. Under the agreement, a panel of independent historians will study the genocide issue.

The BBC:

Under the agreement, Turkey and Armenia are to resume diplomatic ties and re-open their shared border.

The accord has been met by protests in Armenia, where many people say it does not fully address the 1915 killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians.

[...] Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, signed the protocols in Switzerland after a delay of more than three hours.

The BBC’s Kim Ghattas in Zurich says the Armenians had apparently raised objections to remarks due to be read out by the Turkish delegation.

After the signing neither side issued a statement, and our correspondent says this seems to have been the compromise arranged by US officials.

[...] The accord needs to be ratified by the parliaments of both countries.

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By Jean Gerard, October 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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By now the world is heavy with holocausts and every country can find at least one in its history that has never been formally confessed or forgiven.  Religions have often made provision for forgiveness of personal sins,sort of, but no process for states has been formalized and instituted. Instead, a few leaders are held responsible under international laws—one small step for mankind, as they say.
  An essential part of South Africa’s reconciliation was confession of wrongs, and it seems to have helped.  Many Germans, Japanese, Americans and other individuals from offending nations have apologized.  While it may relieve their personal souls it doesn’t go far toward prevention of future crimes.  Paying money as recompense doesn’t do a lot, either, though maybe it’s better than nothing.  Truth is, working toward prevention of holocausts is far superior to apologies or payments after the fact. 
  Through the long history of human beings the trend is, gradually, toward prevention through understanding and tolerance.  If not, none of us would be here.

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