95TH ANNIVERSARY MASS KILLINGS
Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin were systematically killed between 1915 and 1917 as the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of modern Turkey, was falling apart. The events are marked every year on April 24, the date in 1915 when Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Turkey fiercely rejects the genocide label, arguing instead that between 300,000 and 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians took up arms in eastern Anatolia and sided with invading Russian troops. The dispute has poisoned relations between the two neighbours for decades, and reconciliation efforts launched last year remain frozen. Hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians are believed to have fled to Lebanon after the mass killings. Lebanon today hosts the Arab world's largest Armenian community, estimated at around 140,000 people.
Turkey has always denied that those killings constituted genocide. If Turkey could acknowledge the wrongs of their ancestors and apologize for that, people could put aside their mutual hatred. Only by asking forgiveness for such atrocities, the dialogue could be restored between the two countries.
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Śrī Caitanya Sanga - Vol. IV, No. 11 - May 27, 2002.