German Green Party Leader Özdemir Calls on Turkey to Recognize Genocide, Normalize Ties With Armenia
YEREVAN (RFE/RL and Armenpress) — An ethnic Turk leading a major German political party urged Turkey to unconditionally establish diplomatic relations and open its border with Armenia as he ended a visit to Yerevan on Monday.
Cem Özdemir, the co-chairman of the Alliance ‘90/The Greens party, also predicted that Ankara will eventually recognize the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
“I think Turkey will do that sooner or later,” Özdemir said in an interview. “It’s a matter of time. I don’t know when it will happen. But I’m sure one day it will happen.”
“I don’t see a reason why Turkish leaders could not show that courage,” he said. “It’s not about the past. It’s about the future. Addressing the past opens the path towards the future.”
Underlining his own recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Özdemir laid flowers at the Genocide memorial in Yerevan at the start of his trip on March 12. President Serge Sargisian praised his stance on the issue when received the German Greens leader later on that day.