Turkish and Armenian-American organizations are working together to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015, and to encourage Armenians from around the world to attend, according to DurDe and Project 2015. The concerted campaign by Ottoman leaders a century ago resulted in the deaths and exile of the vast majority of their Armenian citizens.
While Turkish groups have organized memorial events in Istanbul for the past several years, DurDe, one of Turkey’s leading civil and human rights organizations, and Project 2015, a U.S.-based organization, are working to ensure that a large contingent of Armenians come to Turkey for the historic centennial commemoration.
“We encourage and welcome Armenians from around the globe to assemble with citizens of Turkey in Istanbul to participate in these memorial events,” said Levent Sensever of DurDe. “As Turks, we want to express our solidarity with Armenians as we pay our respects to the victims and survivors of this terrible crime, and press our government to recognize the genocide.”
The events in Istanbul will include a public assembly in Taksim Square on the evening of April 24. It will also include a memorial service at Sisli Armenian Apostolic Cemetery (Sisli Ermeni Gregoryen Mezarligi), where Sevag Sahin Balikci is buried; Balikci was an Armenian soldier serving in the Turkish military and was murdered by a Turkish soldier on April 24, 2011. Information about the planned events can be found at ARMENIAN PROJECT 2015.
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