SPEAKER OF TURKEY’S GREAT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SENDS LETTER TO SPEAKER OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF US CONGRESS, URGING HER NOT TO DISCUSS BILL ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Mar 21 2007
ANKARA, MARCH 21, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. "Turkey is not in
the role of an irresponsible denier in the issue of the events of
1915." This is said in the 4-page letter that Speaker of Turkey’s
Great National Assembly Bulent Arinc sent to Speaker of the House
of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi. In the letter
B. Arinc urges Pelosi not to discuss the draft resolution on the
The letter, which the Turkish ambassador to the US will hand to
N. Pelosi, also has a 2-page enclosure, in which speaker of the
Turkish parliament informs Pelosi about the "events" of 1915-1919.
Arinc reminds his US colleague that Turkey proposed Armenian historians
to conduct a joint "impartial study" on the issue of the Armenian
Genocide but "there has been no response from Armenians". "Armenia
still keeps its archives closed," Arinc claims.
The speaker of the Turkish parliament called on Armenian historians
to discuss the issue – with the participation of third countries,
including American historians.
"If resolution No.106 is adopted, the Armenians will state the US
has recognized their unfounded claims regarding the 1915 events. The
Turkish socity will perceive such development as support of the claims
of Armenians," Arinc concludes.
According to Turkish Daily News, the Turkish Prime Ministere Recep
Tayyip Erdogan also intends to apply soon to President Bush by
telephone or letter regarding the same issue.