Osman Ünalan, Today's Zaman, 29 November 2014
Since its inception in December 2011 in Sevres, The National Congress of Western Armenians (NCWA, Արեւմտահայոց Ազգային Համագումար) has dedicated its efforts in fine-tuning the eventual declaration of Armenian claims vis a vis Turkey. A group of international lawyers and historians is preparing a memorandum concerning claims of descendants of Ottoman Armenians and the question of territory. The document will be ready by the end of this year and it will be presented to attendees of a general conference to be held on March 28-29, 2015 in Paris. Interested individuals are welcome to attend and may contact the Congress via its website for further details.
The author of the below Today's Zaman and his interlocutor, the secretary-general of NCWA, speak about Turkish government offering citizenship to Armenians. The notion is not new and it has surfaced in public appearances by "progressive" Turkish intellectuals on many occasions in the past decade. So far it has received cold shoulder from Armenian diaspora circles. Keghart.com publishes the article with reservations.
The normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations starts with honest, responsible dialogue and concrete steps taken by the Turkish government toward Western Armenians -- descendants of the former Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire -- such as an offer of citizenship, says a diaspora Armenian, who believes Turkish civil society should encourage the state to take responsibility and facilitate any such initiatives.