The years of the first world war were the last years of the Ottoman empire. Alongside with their downfall, the Ottomans took with them the lives of 1.5 million of Armenians.
The Armenian Genocide is in fact the first genocide of the 20th century, and yet Turkey denies the facts.
The 24th April every year, the Armenians of the world protest and remember the genocide. They demand the recognition of the Genocide because the deaths of 1.5 million can’t be just denied and even be mislabeled. This year, 2015, will be the 100th sad anniversary of the genocide.
In the last episode of the recognition of the genocide, the pope Francis 1 supported Armenians in a Mass in Vatican accompanied by head of Armenia’s Orthodox church, Karekin II.
“The first, which is widely considered the first genocide of the 20th century, struck your own Armenian people,” the pontiff said. “Bishops and priests, religious women and men, the elderly and even defenceless children and the infirm were murdered.”
Turkey’s Erdogan condemned the Pope and yesterday’s resolution from the European union. The latter agreed to call the Armenian massacres genocide. Erdogan condemned the resolution even before the vote.
“For us it will go in one ear and out the other,” he said in Ankara, a day after criticising Pope Francis. “It is impossible for Turkey to accept this accusation. The stain of genocide on our nation is out of the question.”
Erdogan and Turkey must accept the recognition of the genocide if they want the world to take them seriously.