By Edmond Y. Azadian
There is no statute of limitation on the crime of genocide, nor is there one on territorial disputes between nations. In both cases, Armenia and Armenians remain as plaintiffs, waiting for their day in court.
Spain waited exactly 500 years to apologize for the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Indeed, King Juan Carlos of Spain finally admitted his country’s guilt in the harsh treatment of the Jews and apologized publicly in 1992.
Before him, Chancellor Willy Brandt went to Israel, knelt down at Yad Vashem Sanctuary and, after almost half a century, apologized on behalf of his government and people for the Holocaust.
Armenians have been waiting for almost a century for a day of reckoning. But the Turks had done such a thorough job through the Genocide, that Armenians have not been able to recover and lay a claim against Turkey. On the contrary, the criminals have become the guardians of the international law claiming territorial concessions from Armenia. Indeed, Turkey, as the rotating chairman of the UN Security Council, has been threatening Armenia with placing the Karabagh issue on the Security Council’s agenda. Through Turkey’s help and leadership and the cooperation of some Islamic countries, Azerbaijan was able to pass a non-binding resolution at the UN General Assembly, which “reaffirmed Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity” and demanded the “immediate withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all occupied territories there.”