After Dersim apology we are moving to 1915 events – Taner Akcam

news.am, Armenia
Nov 26 2011

After Dersim apology we are moving to 1915 events – Taner Akcam

November 26, 2011 | 04:57

YEREVAN.- Turkish government is supposedly preparing a gesture to the
100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, Turkish historian,
professor at Clark University in the U.S. Taner Akcam told Armenian
News-NEWS.am.

Commenting on the statement of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
regarding Dersim massacres, Akcam noted that many documents are
preserved which assert that the massacres were aimed at the
extermination of a nation.

`It was one of the biggest taboos in Turkey. Many materials are
preserved. Survivors of these events are still alive,’ Akcam said.

The official number of victims of the pogroms makes 13,000, unofficial
estimates reach 40 – 50 thousand. Armenians escaped from the 1915
Genocide and sheltered in Dersim villages, underwent double genocide
in 1938.

It is still unclear whether it is time to review the great fire in
Izmir in 1922, he added.

`We are definitely moving closer to 1915. I suppose that the Turkish
government is preparing a gesture for the 2015 anniversary. I do not
know what it might be, but do not be surprised if something happens,’
he stressed.

As for the number of losses, the historian recalled that the official
date said 800 thousand Armenians were killed, it refers only to
Armenians who died during the First World War.

`There are no exact figures. We can say with confidence that during
the Armenian Genocide about million people were killed,’ he concluded.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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