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On February 9, Turkish Daily News newspaper published a new article by Mehmet Ali Birandi on the policy Turkey conducts in the issue of the Armenian Genocide’s recognition. The article is entitled “We Missed the Train”. The author admits in the article that the Armenians made success in recognition of the Armenian Genocide especially in the West. Birand suggests to elaborate a new line in the Turkish policy. “The Armenians consequently achieved their aim in the course of the last 75 years. They published thousands of books and articles, opened departments at Universities and could convince the international community and achieve the recognition of the Armenian genocide though they didn’t have sufficient proofs for that and do not reflect the reality,” he wrote in the article.

Birand calls on opening a new page in the Turkish policy that will take into account the current situation of increasing danger.

He cited the following statement made by Yusuf Halacogli, president of Turkish History Foundation: “We can’t overcome this situation by propaganda, creating documents, books and films.

We should continue our efforts, but we should take steps that will arouse interest. Together with the historical science we should act in the policy as well. We should concentrate our strategy.”

Birand stated that Turkey should wake up, elaborate a strategy and realize that it will achieve nothing if its leaves that to the historians only.

“It is high time to act at the UN and to open new horizons for achieving success in the international arena. Wake up!” he appeals.

By Ruzan Poghosian

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