Turks Regretful over the Armenian Tragedy of 1915 but Refuse to Qualify it as a Genocide

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2015 will mark the centennial of the forced migration of Ottoman Armenians and will be an important year for the debate on true nature of this tragedy. EDAM’s public opinion poll shows that a significant part of the Turkish public want the Turkish government at most to express its regrets over the tragic events of a century ago. Only 9 percent want the Turkish government to accept the claims of of genocide, whereas another 9 percent favor an apology.  The most favored option is for the Turkish government to express its regret. 21 percent of the population is against taking any steps.  Among the foreign policy experts the support for the recognition of the events as a genocide are somewhat higher than the general public with 19 %. The most favored policy option of the experts group is for the Turkish government to emphasize that all sides have suffered losses and to state its regret.

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