TURKEY 24 April statement from Prime Minister’s Office

The Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Turkey has published an official statement on the eve of 24 April. The statement concludes with the words “…we once more commemorate with deep respect the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the relocation in 1915 and we share in the grief of their children and grandchildren.”
TURKEY Pope is ‘slanderer’, says Speaker of the Parliament Çiçek

Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Cemil Çiçek, has made a statement regarding Pope Francis’s words during the commemoration mass held for the victims of the Armenian Genocide, saying “It is unacceptable for someone occupying that seat to cast such slander. What the Pope has done constitutes slander”. President of the Directorate of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez, on the other hand, claimed that the Pope had made his statements on the Genocide under the influence of lobbies and PR companies.
TURKEY Erdoğan: I condemn and warn the Pope

President Erdoğan has joined those who have reacted against Pope Francis’s statement that ‘the Armenian Genocide is the first genocide of the 20th century’. Erdoğan said, “I condemn and warn the Esteemed Pope hoping he probably won’t make such mistakes again”.
TURKEY Massive blackout leads to resignation

Minister of Energy Taner Yıldız has announced that the General Director of TEİAŞ (Turkey Electricity Transmission Company) has resigned following the massive 9-hour countrywide blackout on 31 March 2015.
TURKEY Constitutional Court rejects Nişanyan appeal

The appeal to the Constitutional Court regarding Sevan Nişanyan’s cases for opposition to the Code of Protection of Cultural and Natural Properties for which he received long term prison sentences has been rejected. The next legal step is the ECHR.
TURKEY ‘A parade of human infamy’

Raymond Kévorkian’s book ‘Armenian Genocide’, based on years of comprehensive research, has been published in Turkish with Ayşen Taşkent Ekmekçi’s translation. We talked to Ekmekçi about the translation process, and the importance of the publication of the book in Turkish.