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Debre Sweats at Turkish Parliament

By Anadolu Agency (aa), Cihan

Published: Saturday 05, 2005

zaman.com

The Speaker of the French Parliament Jean Louis-Debre has proposed that an independent international institution conduct research into allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide.

Still continuing his official Turkey visit, Debre voiced his proposal at a meeting with Turkish Parliamentary European Union (EU) Adjustment Committee Yasar Yakis and other commissioners.

Debre proposed research be undertaken into the so-called genocide allegations by an independent international institution. Expressing that a group of researchers from The United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and The Council of Europe along with a Swiss group could conduct this independent research. Debre noted that this may be the only way to reveal whether or not the genocide allegations are true. Yakis, on the other hand, stressed that any assessments based on the hypotheses that an Armenian genocide did occur without any analysis on the validity of some events that are described as “genocide” would be erroneous. Yakis said that Turkey is not opposed to the historians’ research and studies, it has opened the archives on this issue; however, it is the Armenian side that has not open their archives.

A commissioner and a Republican People’s Party (CHP) member deputy Onur Oymen also announced that a similar meeting regarding the issue was previously held in Vienna; however, the Armenian historians did not attend the second meeting even though Turkey had opened its archives regarding the issue and presented all information, including records and documents for examination. Oymen asked: “To which country had this proposal of yours been made before?” and emphasized that making political decisions over historical events paves the way for erroneous outcomes. Debre in response to Oymen’s question of “Why did you pass a law in your parliament without having research or studies done on the issue of Armenian genocide?” with, “Let’s put this aside. We have to forget the past. We want to assist you on your way to the EU.”

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