Genocide Forgotten: Macron Slammed For Inviting Turkish Leader Erdogan to WWI Ceremonies in France
Crucified Armenian women in Der-es-Zor
French intellectuals slammed President Macron for inviting Turkish leader Recep Erdogan to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Paris.
Over 1.5 million Christian Armenians were massacred by the Islamic Ottoman Empire between 1915-1924.
Turkey denies the Armenian Genocide ever happened to this day.
France officially recognizes the Armenian Genocide, so why was Erdogan invited to the World War I memorial?
Via Ahval News:
A group of French intellectuals, politicians, and civil society organisations published a joint letter in Le Monde on Tuesday protesting French President Emmanuel Macron for inviting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to participate in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One in Paris on Nov. 10-11.
The group said that the events were meant to express a joint will to prevent a repetition of the horrors of World War One and reminded that, accordingly, the Élysée Palace indicated that the events will be organised as a peace forum rather than a military parade.
The letter said that Erdoğan perpetuated the Turkish state’s denial of the Armenian genocide, the extermination of reportedly 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, adding that peace could not be established by complacency towards crimes in the past.
Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ambassador of Armenia to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia posted a graphic showing the devastating loss of Armenian life and land at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.
Today #WWI100 is marked. During #WW1 #Armenians lost 1.5 million lives as a result of #ArmenianGenocide (biggest civilian casualties during war). Biggest part of historical #Armenia was totally cleansed of its indigenous people. #NeverAgain #NeverForgethttps://t.co/pZFK5rbkBV pic.twitter.com/J5o97xX86q
— Tigran Mkrtchyan (@TMkrtchyan) November 11, 2018
Disclosure: The author of this article is a first generation American of Armenian descent who lost family in the Armenian Genocide.