Turkish prime minister shares 1915 pains

Turkish PM Davutoğlu offers condolences to Ottoman Armenians who died in 1915, announces Armenian Patriarchate to organise religious ceremony on April 24

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has offered his condolences to the grandchildren of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the First World War, announcing there would be a religious ceremony for them in Turkey on April 24.

His comments reiterated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments that he made about the 1915 events last year, saying the two countries should commemorate the events together.
Davutoğlu said the common responsibility for Turkey and Armenia - who shared the same joy and sorrow - was to relieve the pain of the past century and rebuild their humanitarian bond.

"During the last years of the Ottoman Empire, many Ottoman citizens from different ethnicities who lived together for centuries in peace, suffered great torments," said Davutoğlu.
"We commemorate the innocent Ottoman Armenians and convey our condolences to their grandchildren.”

Turkish officials say Turkey has been doing its part to contribute the reconciliation with Armenia, which has started years ago and peaked last year following then prime minister - now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “historic” move.

Erdoğan offered his condolences to the descendants of the Armenians who died during the events. He offered Armenia to establish a common commission of inquiry for 1915 events, calling for other countries to contribute the process if they have information on the case.

Armenia has not accepted Erdoğan’s call, but rallied for international support for their cause, a move what Turkey called refusing the chance of reconciliation between the two countries.

TRTWorld and agencies