ISTANBUL - The apology campaign initiated by a group of Turkish intellectuals has inspired Armenians to launch a similar initiative to apologize to the Turks for murders committed by the Asala organization in the 1980s.
Gavakian said Turks’ "I apologize" campaign inspired him to launch a similar effort. "This was a great initiative that was proof of nobility since it is hard to face one’s past, whether as an individual or a nation É I hope the Armenians can show the same courage as the Turks and face the skeletons in their own closet," he said.
"My conscience does not accept the insensitivity and the denial of the ’Great Catastrophe’ that the Ottoman Armenians were subjected to in 1915. I reject this injustice and for my share, I empathize with the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers and sisters. I apologize to them," said the Turkish campaign’s petition signed by more than 30,000 people so far.