Turkish MP: “Turkey-related statement made by Raffi Hovannisian at the Baku conference is another slander”

Turkish MP: “Turkey-related statement made by Raffi Hovannisian at the Baku conference is another slander”
# 23 November 2012 09:34 (UTC +04:00)


Baku. Parvin Abbasov – APA. “It is not right to call the events of 1915 “genocide”. The claims of Armenian genocide in Turkey are distortion of history and truth,” Turkish parliamentarian from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ercan Candan said at the 7th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Baku while commenting on the statement of Raffi Hovannisian, leader of Heritage Party of Armenia, APA reports.

Turkish MP mentioned that his country faced occupation by four European states early in the past century.

“Though Armenians and Turks had coexisted in Turkey by that time, later they took advantage of the situation and went for separatism. At that time we defeated the occupants. But we did not expel Armenians from Turkey, they left Turkey of their own accord. Your president says “We have liberated Karabakh, now it is time for Ararat”. Your president says this addressing the youth. Let’s see who tells the truth, who lies, who supports the truth, who supports the lie. The statement made by Armenian representative here is groundless and another slander against Turkey,” he said.

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