Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Embassy Announcement

Turkish Ministry Of Foreign Affairs: Press Release Regarding The Statement Of President Barack Obama On "armenian Remembrance Day" , 25.04.2009


As in the previous years, President Obama issued a written statement on 24 April on the occasion of the “Armenian Commemoration Day”. We consider some expressions in that statement and his views of history concerning the events of 1915, as unacceptable.

It should not be forgotten that several hundreds of thousands of Turks have lost their lives as well in the same region and throughout the same period in the context of the 1915 events.

History can be construed and evaluated only on the basis of undisputed evidence and documents. The common history of the Turkish and Armenian nations has to be assessed solely through impartial and scientific data and historians must make their evaluations only on this basis. It is with such an understanding that we support the historical dimension of the Turkish-Armenian dialogue.

On the other hand, we regard positively the stance of President Obama on the Turkish-Armenian normalization process.