NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon considers the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago “atrocity crimes,” but he isn’t supporting Pope Francis’ description of the killings as “the first genocide of the 20th century,” the UN spokesman said Monday.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that Ban took note of the pope’s comments and is fully aware of “the sensitivities related to the characterization of what happened” in 1915 and the April 24 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of “the tragic events” by Armenia and others around the world.

He said the secretary-general firmly believes that the commemoration and continuing cooperation between Armenians and Turks “with a view to establishing the facts about what happened should strengthen our collective determination to prevent similar atrocity crimes from ever happening in the future.”

Dujarric said in response to a question that Ban did not envision an international commission to examine the facts, saying: “There’ve been discussions with the countries concerned, and communities concerned and I think it’s important that those discussions continue.”

He sidestepped several questions on whether the secretary-general agreed with the pope’s characterization, and whether Pope Francis was right to raise the issue.

“The UN has sought to strengthen the capacity of the international community to prevent such atrocity crimes from ever occurring,” Dujarric said.

5 comments
  1. Saljuk -Turks were able to Blind Ki-Moon Eyes BY their Scomitars

    Even Moon is scared from Turkish Scimitar 


    They can scimitarate anyone… even the Sun… 

    They can arrive and slay his neck …
    
Very easy to do by savage race …

    
If Moon behaves against human’s right
    
Let him close his face with black veil, and race away …

    He is another slave for so- called, UN 

    Which they will never unite…

    
Still savageness breathes in UN…
    and ISIS continuing to slay
    Innocents from site…to sites

    Under UN blindoed eyes…

    If they change word Genocide…
    Which was defined for the Armenian Race by Rafael Lemkin…
    Then…How other genocides can be recognized…?

    
Moon has small eyes …

    He is almost blind…

    If and If ….he can’t see the past

    Thus… how can he see the future on this huge land…?

    (C) DR. SYLVA PORTOIAN
    April 14, 2015

  2. Saljuk -Turks were able to Blind Ki-Moon Eyes BY their Scomitars

    Even Moon is scared from Turkish Scimita

    They can scimitarate anyone… even the Sun… 

    They can arrive and slay his neck …
    
Very easy to do by savage race …

    
If Moon behaves against human’s right
    
Let him close his face with black veil, and race away …

    He is another slave for so- called, UN 

    Which they will never unite…

    
Still savageness breathes in UN…
    and ISIS continuing to slay
    Innocents from site…to sites

    Under UN blindoed eyes…

    If they change word Genocide…
    Which was defined for the Armenian Race by Rafael Lemkin…
    Then…How other genocides can be recognized…?

    
Moon has small eyes …

    He is almost blind…

    If and If ….he can’t see the past

    Thus… how can he see the future on this huge land…?

    (C) DR. SYLVA PORTOIAN
    April 14, 2015

  3. Saljuk -Turks were able to Blind Ki-Moon Eyes by their Scimitars

    Even Moon is scared from Turkish Scimita
    They can scimitarate anyone… even the Sun… 

    They can arrive and slay his neck …
    
Very easy to do by savage race …

    
If Moon behaves against human’s right
    
Let him close his face with black veil, and race away …

    He is another slave for so- called, UN 

    Which they will never unite…

    
Still savageness breathes in UN…
    and ISIS continuing to slay
    Innocents from site…to sites

    Under UN blindoed eyes…

    If they change word Genocide…
    Which was defined for the Armenian Race
    by Lawyer, Rafael Lemkin (1900-1959)…Who was 15 years then…
    Then…How other genocides can be recognized…?

    
Moon has small eyes …

    He is almost blind…

    If and If ….he can’t see the past

    Thus… how can he see the future on this huge land…?

    (C) DR. SYLVA PORTOIAN
    April 14, 2015

  4. Ban Ki-moon since became United Nations Secretary General has not been able to help and truly reconcile any major international issues in United Nations, what do you expect the man is just a weak and clueless leader whose priority is to keep his job and play cheap backdoor politics.

  5. Please understand the UN’s politically-driven agenda. The fact that the UN Secretary General used a nebulous term to describe the Armenian Genocide is not a statement that the UN backs Turkey’s position. He is avoiding the word ‘genocide’ deliberately for political appeasement, which is terribly difficult to understand from the standpoint of victims and their families. As the article said, ‘He sidestepped several questions…’

    It is most unfortunate that politicians continue to treat a crime – and that is what is was – a crime against humanity as a political issue, so that is why it is important for ordinary people to be educated so they can see the truth, and not rely on the what politicians say.

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