Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention.
In a conversation with Dr. Mordtmann of the German Embassy in June 1915. Quoted in The Evil 100 (2000) by Martin Gilman Wolcott, p. 35
It is confirmed that the Armenians should be transferred to the indicated region as communicated in the February 13th telegram. As the situation has been evaluated by the state, the probability of rebellion and protest indicates the need to take action. The increasing possibility of Armenian uprisings requires that every effective means of suppression needs to be applied.Mehmed Talat
What on earth do you want? The question is settled. There are no more Armenians.Mehmed Talat
The Turkish elements here referred to were shortsighted, fanatical, and yet sincere in their belief. The public encouraged them, and they had the general approval behind them. They were numerous and strong.Mehmed Talat
I have accomplished more toward solving the Armenian problem in three months than Abdul Hamid accomplished in thirty years!Mehmed Talat
Necessary preparations have been discussed and taken for the complete and fundamental elimination of this concern, which occupies an important place in the exalted state's list of vital issues.Mehmed Talat
These different blocs in the Turkish Empire...always conspired against Turkey; because of the hostility of these native peoples, Turkey has lost province after province - Greece, Serbia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Egypt, and Tripoli. In this way, the Turkish Empire has dwindled almost to nothing.Mehmed Talat