Published: Friday 11, 2005
After a decision for joint action against Armenian allegations by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, all eyes are now on what kind of steps will be taken over the issue.
Turkey’s trump card is the historical records and documents held at the General Directorate of State Archives of the Prime Ministry. About 2,000 out of 300,000 documents have been opened to the public after the completion of their classification, but no foreign scientists have applied to examine the documents so far.
Two thousand documents at the General Directorate of State Archives of the Prime Ministry include clear information showing that the Armenian genocide never happened. Documents translated into Turkish mostly from Ottoman language are published on the official Internet site of the Directorate. It is striking that none of the documents have yet been analyzed by foreign social scientists yet.
President of the Directorate Yusuf Sarinay announced Thursday (March 10) that Turkey has historical documents that are sufficient to convince the world, but no foreign attention has been directed to these. Pointing out that recent speculations do not reflect the truth, Sarinay expressed that they have documented that Armenian terrorist organizations killed 524,000 Turks. “Those alleging genocide should also document where, when and by whom Armenians were killed,” said Sarinay and explained that Britons and French had arrested 144 Turks in 1920, but had released them through lack of evidence. Indicating that scientists from 75 countries have applied to the Directorate and asked for documents, Sarinay emphasized that no documents were demanded about Armenian issue. Sarinay also stressed that there are researchers on the Armenian issue at every university in Turkey, but that foreign scientists do not study this issue. He interpreted this situation as a manifestation that, “They don’t want to be faced with historical realities.”