TURKEY PREPARES AGAINST 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE - TURKISH FM
- Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu took part in a television program, during which he commented on the Armenian Genocide issue and the recent demonstration in Istanbul devoted to the Khojaly incidents.
The program's host recalled that 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the events in 1915, and, in response to the host's question as to whether Turkey is designing a new strategy for this anniversary, Davutoglu said activities are underway concerning this matter for a long time, Hurriyet daily of Turkey informs.
Turkey's FM also noted: "In order to share history together, we need to keep the communication channels open. We wish to share the pain with those who wish to share that pain."
And with respect to the signs that degraded the Armenians during the demonstration in Istanbul devoted to the Khojaly incidents, Ahmet Davutoglu said such signs are unacceptable. "It is also our duty to share the pain of our Azerbaijani brothers. [But] We will not sacrifice our pain to the culture of such hatred and insult," Davutoglu added.
- 0 World Civil Defense day.
- 1856 Birth of the cleric, historian, ethnologist, teacher and translator, Gyoot Aghanyan (Harootyoon Ter - Arakelian) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He translated literary classics and re-wrote Yeghisheh's "Vardanants Story" in modern Armenian. He wrote textbooks on religion and library science. He was the first in Eastern Armenia to publish a wall-calendar.
- 1857 Opening of the school at Varaga Monastery (western Armenia) for the education of "orphan and homeless" children.
- 1865 Birth in Tbilisi of Teegran Hovhannisian, translator and lawyer. He translated the novels "Harootyoon" (Resurrection) written by Lev Tolstoy and "Arants Davananki" (Without Faith) written by Henry Senkeveech.
- 1867 Birth of the writer Nar-Dos (Meekael Hovhannisyan) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He died in 1933.
- 1901 Birth of the poet Sarmen (Armenak Sargsian) in Pakhvants (Western Armenia). Many popular songs have been written using his poems as lyrics.
- 1915 The First Meeting of Armenian immigrants took place in Echmiadsin. The meeting tried to integrate the work of the many benevolent unions that were created to help the survivors of the 1915 Genocide.
- 1920 Azeri Turks perpetrate the Genocide of Shooshee. Some 20 000 Armenians are killed.
- 1920 The Government allots 50 million rubles for agricultural development. Agricultural tractors are brought to Armenia for the first time.
- 1930 The Sardarapat tractor plant starts production.
- 1934 Death in Yerevan of Toros Toramanyan (architecture historian).
- 1960 Martiros Saryan is awarded the title "People's Painter of the USSR".