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Erdogan Urges France To Drop Armenian Genocide Recognition

Postby insan » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:30 pm

Erdogan Urges France To Drop Armenian Genocide Recognition


(dpa) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the speaker of the French parliament Jean Louise Debre Thursday to leave the question of a Turkish genocide of Armenians to historians, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Quoting unnamed officials, Anadolu said that in addition to the Armenian genocide issue, Erdogan and Debre discussed Turkey's bid to join the European Union and the Cyprus dispute during talks in Ankara on Thursday.

Erdogan reportedly told Debre that the French parliament should not pass resolutions calling on Turkey to recognise massacres of Armenians during the First World War as genocide, and should instead leave the issue to historians to argue. "If their historians have claims our historians also have claims," Erdogan reportedly told Debre.

Turkey denies that massacres of Armenians during the First World War were actually a genocide, saying that the numbers of dead claimed by Armenian historians were vastly exaggerated, and the Armenians had in fact risen up against what was then the Ottoman Empire and fought alongside Russian forces that had invaded what is now eastern Turkey.

French-Turkish relations are frequently strained as a result of resolutions in the French national assembly that seek to condemn an event that Turkey denies ever took place
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Postby brother » Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:54 pm

I really do not know if it is true or not but this issue they have to make peace with.
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Postby michalis5354 » Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:52 pm

Unfortunately we do not have an Armenian on the forum to hear the other side of the coin. :!:
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Postby turkcyp » Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:10 am

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Postby brother » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:26 pm

translation for above: old chicken story.
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Postby magikthrill » Fri Feb 18, 2005 4:14 am

brother wrote:I really do not know if it is true or not but this issue they have to make peace with.


Who has to make peace with it ?
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Postby brother » Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:51 pm

armenians and turks, if something has happened then it must be known and peace made with it like the germans have and are now part of the same club as the people they had war with etc.
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Postby magikthrill » Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:52 am

lol yes maybe one day there will be a Central Asian Union with Turkey and Armenia being the founders :)
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Postby brother » Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:41 am

Not exactly where i was going with that one but any way :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby magikthrill » Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:50 am

i know what you meant but denying the armenian genocide is like denything the holocaust.

there are many people that dont believe either happened.
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