October 1, 2001 - 23:13 AMT
PEOPLE IN TURKEY DO NOT LIKE STATEMENTS OF THE POPE CONDEMNING THE GENOCIDE OF ARMENIANS
The hysteria because of the statements of the Pope, who again condemned the genocide of Armenians in 1915, does not become calm. People in Ankara think the fact that the head of the Catholic Church did not use the generally known international term defining genocide in his speech in Tsitsernakaberd is nonrandom. (The head of the Catholic Church said this word Armenian but this does not change its meaning). At the same time, Turkish media expresses sorrows as Pope said the word "genocide" last day of his visit, ignoring the warnings expressed in the official note addressed to him by Turkey's MFA the day before. In this document Ankara addressed the head of the Catholic Church with a call to refrain from the expressions able to aggravate the relations.