By Gonca Sönmez-Poole
Do you know the expression “the elephant in the room?” Of course you do. We have all used it. In fact, the last time I used it myself was in an article in this newspaper about a year ago.
Whether we call it dialogue, rapprochement, “track-two work” or any other method of conflict resolution relating to Armenian-Turkish relations, we have all used and abused this poor elephant, albeit for perfectly valid reasons. That is because up until the last few years, the consensus — too easily dictated to us all — was this: it is nearly impossible for these two sides (I hate that word “sides”) to come to terms in this intractable (I hate that word, too) conflict unless the Turkish government were to officially acknowledge the Armenian Genocide (and I hate the word “genocide” more than any other word.)
Well, I humbly suggest the following scenario for all of those holding or participating in
any meeting between any number of Turkish and Armenian people: acknowledge each