ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR TO US RESPONDS TO TURKISH AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLE IN NEW YORK TIMES

Yerkir
01.06.2006 18:00

YEREVAN (YERKIR) -­ In response to an article by Turkish Ambassador
to the United States Nabi Sensul published in the New York Times on
May 24, and disputing the fact of the Armenian Genocide, Armenian
Ambassador to US Tatul Margarian sent a letter to the newspaper.

Margarian's letter appeared in the May 31 issue ofthe paper.

"While the Turkish ambassador argues that the history should be left
to historians, the Turkish government itself has made the history
a precondition for normalizing relations with Armenia," the letter
stated.

"Turkey should first of all come to terms with its history and stop
harassing Turkish authors who have the courage to study the events of
1915. Only after that Turkish historians would be able to research the
rich documents, including the death sentence rendered by the Turkish
Court Martial in 1919 for the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide."

"Historians and lawyers, including Raphael Lemkin, the author of the
term genocide, have long recognized that the 1915 events correspond to
the description of a genocide defined by the 1948 Genocide Convention,"
the letter went on saying.