Mesud Yilmaz: “Campaign of apology creates psychological ground for the decision of US Congress”

Mesud Yilmaz: “Campaign of apology creates psychological ground for the decision of US Congress”
# 25 December 2008 10:50 (UTC +04:00)
Ankara–APA. “So far lawmaking bodies of sixteen countries and 25 states of the Unites States adopted a special law to recognizeso-called “Armenian genocide”, but now more serious step is on the agenda. US Congress is expected to recognize so-called “Armenian genocide” before the next April. The campaign of apology in Turkey aims to create psychological ground for this decision”, former Turkish Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mesud Yilmaz said in his address to the Parliament, APA reports, citing the Turkish online resources. He called on all people from the president to the ordinary citizens to seriously protest this campaign and to defend the country’s official position. Yilmaz said 1915 events were not genocide. “Unfortunately there were some painful events during movement of Armenians, but objective historians said that these events couldn’t be evaluated as genocide. These processes can be named technically as reciprocal murders. Unfortunately many Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian citizens of our country were killed in those events”.

Yilmaz added that Turkey didn’t mention this problem for long years, but after the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA’s terrorist actions the historians were allowed to open the archives of 1914-1915 of Ottoman Empire. “Turkey demands the neutral international scientific team to investigate this issue. It is a position understandable for the cultural countries. Everyone in Turkey must support this position”.
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