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16. Turkey and Armenia sign a peace treaty, closing the file of the Armenian massacres

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16. Turkey and Armenia sign a peace treaty, closing the file of the Armenian massacres
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2009
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42
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16
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p. 4
Date of source: 
20-10-2009
Author: 
Thana’ Fu’ad ‘Abd Allah
Reviewer: 
Katia Saqqa
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After a long phase of severed diplomatic relations, Turkey and Armenia have signed a treaty that was hailed by the international community and denounced by expatriate Armenians all over the world.

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Turkey and Armenia signed a peace treaty in Zurich in Switzerland, ending the conflict between the two countries that has lasted since the First World War, following the genocide Turkey committed against one and half million Armenians.
The treaty includes points about opening the borders between the two countries and initializing diplomatic relations, a step that was hailed by the international community and led to severe discontent amongst the national parties of both countries.
While opponents in Turkey considered the step to be an act of surrender to Armenia and treason against the Azerbaijani brothers, Armenia expatriates, especially in Europe and the United States severely opposed the treaty as it was believed to have removed Turkey’s responsibility for the genocide.
Al-Qāhirah reports that Turkey acknowledges killing only 300.000 Armenians, not as genocide, but as war victims. Turkey also accepted the formation of a fact-finding committee to investigate what really happened to Armenians in the First World War.
‘Abd Allāh shed light on the political and financial benefits Turkey and Armenia will gain from the agreement.
Armenians of Lebanon, 150,000 people that comprise four percent of the Lebanese population denounced the treaty, accusing the Armenian president of disregarding the “painful history.”

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