The Armenian Commissioners announced that they have informed TARC Chairman David L. Phillips that TARC is not going to proceed. Their statement is attached.
Statement by the Armenian Members of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission
Yesterday we were advised that the Turkish Commissioners unilaterally instructed the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) to refrain from proceeding with the agreed upon study regarding the applicability of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention to the “Armenian Genocide”.
Accordingly, the Armenian Commissioners regret to announce that we have notified Chairman David L. Phillips earlier today that the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) is not going to proceed.
We continue to believe that there is a need for full normalization of relations between Armenians and Turks and between Armenia and Turkey. Contacts between members of Armenian and Turkish civil societies, such as those which have been enabled through the TARC, continue to be necessary to accomplish these essential goals.
Commissioner Alexander Arzoumanian
Commissioner David Hovhannissian
Commissioner Van Z. Krikorian
Commissioner Andranik Migranian