FM OF TURKEY: THE REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF A CONTROVERSIAL HISTORIAN KNOWN AS A HARD-LINER IN DEBATES ON ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS OF ‘GENOCIDE’ WAS NOT CONNECTED TO RECENT EFFORTS TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND ARMENIA
The removal from office of a controversial historian known as a
hard-liner in debates on Armenian allegations of "genocide" was not
connected to recent efforts to normalize relations between Turkey
and Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said.
As "Zaman" Turkish newspaper recalls, professor Yusuf Halacoglu,
who had served as the president of the Turkish Historical Society
(TTK) since 1993, was removed from office by a Cabinet decision that
went into effect earlier this week. The Gazi University professor
is a strong denier of allegations that Armenians were subjected to
genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks during World War I.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress