Turkish FM: PM's 1915 message 'reached target'

Friday, April 25, 2014

Turkish PM's message was primarily addressed to Armenians, not to states, says FM Davutoglu

Turkish PM's message was primarily addressed to Armenians, not to states, says FM Davutoglu

ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said a "psychological threshold" has been crossed and the target was reached, referring to Erdogan's statement on Thursday offering condolences to the Armenians who lost their lives during the 1915 incidents.

"This message was primarily addressed to Armenians all over the world, not to states," Davutoglu told a press conference while standing with Sudanese counterpart Ali Karti. 

Davutoglu said the reactions from Armenians both in Turkey and abroad were "extremely positive," and added that the message "reached the target group."

"From now on both Turks and Armenians will show empathy towards each other and establish dialogue more easily,” he said. "A humanistic message led to positive results." 

He also added that there would be those who would "take a dim view of Turkey's message" and this was "natural."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to the Armenians in his unprecedented message on Thursday, which attracted worldwide reaction.

The 1915 incidents took place during World War I, when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with invading Russians and rose up against the Ottoman authority. The uprisings were followed by a decision by the Ottoman-era officials to relocate the Armenians living in eastern Anatolia.

Addressing Turkey's relations with Sudan, Davutoglu said the two foreign ministers had discussed both bilateral relations and regional issues. 

Davutoglu pledged support for Sudan's stability and development.

"We are working on a very important project that will further improve Turkey-Sudan relations... We are ready to increase our $300 million trade volume to higher levels," he said, referring to an agricultural project between Sudan and Turkey.

Meanwhile Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said Turkey should play a more active role in the region. Karti called for both military and economic cooperation as well as Turkish investment.

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