Turkey determined to clarify Armenian genocide claims - foreign minister

Anatolia news agency
4 Aug 05

Ankara, 4 August: "We have been carrying out multi-dimensional works to
reveal the truths about the Armenian issue," Turkish Foreign Minister
and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said on Thursday [4 August].

In response to a question motion of Motherland Party (ANAP)
parliamentarian Muhsin Kocyigit, Gul said, "both the Turkish Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Turkish embassies have been carrying out
multi-dimensional works to reveal the truths about the Armenian issue.

We have published a number of books refuting the allegations
of Armenians, and sent them to decision-making mechanisms,
parliamentarians, academicians, journalists, universities,
libraries and the other relevant institutions in the world through
our embassies."

"Also, books and articles of both Turkish and foreign academicians
were distributed to the relevant circles. The MFA holds a series
of seminars and conferences with the participation of Turkish and
foreign scientists in countries where Armenian lobby is active,
with the aim of informing public opinion," he said.

Gul noted, "as a member of the Minsk Group of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as a regional actor
in southern Caucasia, Turkey has been making active contributions to
efforts to resolve the Upper Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and
Armenia from the very beginning of the dispute."

"Turkey closely monitors developments about Azerbaijani refugees
who were forced to leave their homes due to the occupation of Upper
Karabakh by Armenia. In addition to our aid, we pursue an active
policy in order to draw attention of the international community to
the issue," he said.

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