UNITED NATIONS–President Robert Kocharian Thursday addressed the UN Millennium Summit of World Leaders–at which time he discussed the international community’s failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
In his statement Kocharian said–"The Armenian nation is unfortunately destined to carry the problems of the past century into the new Millennium. Turkey’s continuing denial of the Genocide of the Armenia’s in the Ottoman Empire has been only intensifying our aspirations for historical justice. Some countries and nations had in the past been burdened by similar problems. However–they managed to overcome them through making moves of reconciliation and with the support of the international community. Penitence is not a humiliation–but it rather elevates individuals and nations. I am confident that a constructive dialogue with Turkey will allow us to jointly pave the way towards co-operation and good neighborly relations between our two peoples."
As a result–Turkish president Ahmed Necet Sezer harshly criticized Kocharian for his remarks regarding Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide during remarks made Thursday at the UN Millennium Summit.
Given that Kocharian spoke before Sezer–the Turkish leader seized the opportunity to alter his previously prepared remarks and directly attack Kocharian for his remarks regarding the Genocide.
In response Sezer told the UN Summit that he found Kocharian’s remarks "painful." He added that no one can succeed by revising history–adding that a verdict on history can only be rendered by historians.