TURKEY EXPANDS TRADE WITH COUNTRIES RECOGNIZING GENOCIDE
- International trade data illustrate an unmistakable trend of steadily increasing trade between Turkey and countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide.
It means that despite Ankara's threats, Turkey expands the trade with the countries recognizing the Armenian Genocide, Asbarez.com reported, citing the Armenian National Committee of America.
The trade statistics, drawn from the Organization for Economic Development, show that the ten of the advanced countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide have experienced growth in bilateral trade with Turkey. At the high end of the range are Russia, which has witnessed a 912% increase in trade with Turkey since its 1995 recognition, and Greece (399% since 1996), Slovakia (298% since 2004), France (257% since 2001), Belgium (174% since 1998), and Canada (148% since 2004).
"Over the past several decades, Turkey has established a predictable pattern, in the weeks leading up to the consideration by other countries of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, of threatening to fundamentally downgrade its ties with the government in question, including through the imposition of far-reaching economic sanctions," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "A review of publicly-available trade statistics demonstrates that Turkey, for all its bluster, also has an equally consistent pattern of quickly setting aside these threats and returning to a business as usual relationship with the countries that they were only recently publicly demonizing." Copies of these trade charts have been widely circulated to Congressional offices, agencies of the Federal government, and to officials representing a broad cross-section of the Washington, DC foreign policy community.
- 1806 General Tshitshianov is murdered in Baku.
- 1895 Constantinople's Armenian Patriarch, Matevos Izmirlian, in a letter to Turkey's Minister of Justice, informs him, in detail, of the illegal actions of Turks in the Armenian Provinces, including the murders and deportations of the Armenians.
- 1914 The Great Powers and Turkey sign an Armenian Improvements Project. The Dutch official, Westenenk and the Norwegian envoy, Hoff arrive in Constantinople as observers. Because of the start of the First World War, the agreement remains a dead letter.
- 1915 The Young Turks' "Union and Progress" Committee creates a special Sub-Committee for organizing deportations and genocide of the Armenians in Turkey.
- 1918 Death of Dr. Vaheh Minassian the translator Hayneh.