Turkish Minister Inaugurates Armenian Church Culture Center

Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici inaugurated Vortvots Vorodman Armenian Church Culture Center in Istanbul on Wednesday. The building was restored within the scope of projects of 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture.

Erdoğan urges restraint over Armenian allegations

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called against “bellicose rhetoric” in rows with countries backing allegations of Armenian “genocide,” stressing that Turkey should debunk the claims with comprehensive research of historic facts. Erdoğan’s remarks appeared to be aimed at cooling down tensions with France after the Lower House of its Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing […]

Mediator hopeful on Armenia thaw

Turkish-Armenian dialogue is currently in a deadlock but there is still hope of reviving the Zurich protocols signed between the two countries, according to Swiss Confederation President Micheline Calmy-Rey, who mediated the talks. Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Swiss Confederation president who led the mediation between Turkey and Armenia two years ago, said protocols between the two […]

Swiss stance different from France over Armenian bid

Turkey’s warm welcome to Switzerland’s president following the French Parliament’s adoption of a bill outlawing the denial of Armenian genocide allegations has put Ankara in an awkward position as critics recalled that Switzerland too has a similar law. “Contrary to France, there is no rule in Switzerland that would recognize the specific situation as genocide,” […]

Swiss parliament rejects petition for recognition of 1915 as genocide

The Swiss parliament has rejected a petition asking it to grant genocide status to the killings of Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and a few other ethnic communities in 1915 by Ottoman Turks, on the grounds that “massacres should better be brought to light by historians.” In response to a petition placed on the agenda of the […]