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Armenian Origin Claim ‘Ugly’ Insult For Turkey’s Erdogan

Turkey -- Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul August 3, 2014.
Turkey -- Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul August 3, 2014.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly revealed that he was branded as an Armenian by some of his detractors and considers that a grave insult.

Erdogan made the comments late on Tuesday as he defended himself against allegations that he is exploiting the presumed ethnic and religious affiliation of his challengers in Turkey’s ongoing presidential election campaign.

“They have also said a lot of things about me,” he said, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “One of them came and said I was a Georgian. Then another came up and, I beg your pardon, called me uglier things, saying I was Armenian.”

“What I have learned from my grandfather, my father and all of them is that I am Turkish. That’s it,” added the controversial Turkish premier widely expected to win Sunday’s ballot.

Turkey’s outgoing President Abdullah Gul similarly took offense in 2009 when an opposition lawmaker, Canan Aritman, claimed that he does not denounce Turkish intellectuals apologizing for the 1915 Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire because his mother was an ethnic Armenian. Gul strongly denied having Armenian origin and sued Aritman for defamation of character. A Turkish court ruled out against the oppositionist.

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Ara Sutlian , : USA
07.08.2014 21:41
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To:Edwin van den berg: Thank you for your comment but why Mr.Pamuk left Turkey? You should have told the fact that he raised the Armenian Genocide and the murder of Hrant Dink, the Armenian editor and for that reason he was a person non Grata, not just living abroad as you mentioned. Besides the coastal area of West Turkey and Istanbul the majority of Turks including the Anatolian plateau are the supporters of Erdogan.Yes, people leave homeland and you mentioned Armenia and the majority of people leaving Armenia they do for a better living conditions aboard. You call me "racist" but this "racist" 's grandparents were DRIVEN out of Askisehir(Aksehieer) near Kayseri in present day Turkey against their wish and it's claimed that this was due to WW1. All these people that deny the Armenian Genocide including Erdogan to prove their point, why not form a volunteer unit and yours truly join the the volunteer group as progressive Turk to recreate the 1915 route that took the Armenians from Turkey to Syria and duplicate the conditions the people were exactly experiencing in1915. If these volunteers survive and reach Syria walking under sun, with lack of food and water and carrying their children,you can call me a Racist with capital R. For your information, my Grandmother lost a boy and a girl in her forced journey and the worst thing is that She didn't even knew where her children were buried. I am not putting down a whole nation, if it wasn't for the recent awareness of the Armenian Genocide, "a whole" nation didn't bother at all to tell the truth all the way from 1915 and they were comfortable with that fact.

Edwin van den berg , : j.ustforcrap@gmail.com
07.08.2014 11:15
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Ara Sutlian: your comment is as racist and offensive as Erdogan. Just like him, you are putting down a whole nation as blood thirsty ignorant conquerors who have no taste for art or architecture and then from there conclude that Turkish Nobel Prize Winner does not live in Turkey because of that reason (is he a blood thirsty conqueror as well?). There are many Armenians who leave Armenia, just like there are many Greeks who do not live in Greece, due to various reasons. Note: I am a Turkish scientist living abroad and I am a strong opponent of Erdogan's authoritarian regime. Bonus fact: Erdogan is actually a Georgian, his family moved to Turkey from Batumi. Some time ago Erdogan was declaring that he was Georgian and his wife was an Arab, therefore all this "Turkishness" and nationalism was unnecessary. However, times change, and to get vote from the nationalists, he has changed his rhetoric.

Ara Sutlian , : USA
06.08.2014 21:46
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This is coming from an individual, whose ancestors are good of converting churches to mosques without having the talent to create one and as a matter of fact Meymar(Architect)Sinan, was an Armenian who was responsible for few of the notable buildings in Istanbul.No wonder all of their historical monuments, which they proudly advertise in tourism was built by non Turks. Ergodan's ancestors have distinguished themselves in history as conquerors with trail of blood and no tolerance for "Gyavoors" or the Turkish word infidels and hence grabbing their assets and lands is justified. No wonder even Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk doesn't live in homeland.