Anadolu Agency (AA), Turkey
December 27, 2011 Tuesday


Turkey will only speak with documents

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Turkey's prime minister underlined on Tuesday necessity of finding
permanent solutions to problems.

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said instant reactions and temporary
solutions would not bear any result.

"We have to think multi-dimensionally and with a long-term perspective
and find robust, effective and permanent solutions," Erdogan said
during a meeting in Ankara's Golbasi town.

Erdogan's remarks came after the lower house of the French parliament
adopted a resolution last week that criminalized denial of Armenian
allegations regarding the incidents of 1915.

"We have to make use of history and science to deal with these
allegations that are tried to be turned in an anti-Turkey campaign by
some countries, instead of populist and argumentative discourses and
instant reactions," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said Turkey would only speak with documents, information and
with the help of archives and science against unjust, ill-minded,
racist and discriminative campaigns.

"I request our scientists, scholars, researches and universities to
give priority to studies on our near future," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also said Turkey was reading its history well and re-building
today and future with the strength, courage and self-esteem it got
from its history.

The lower house of the French parliament adopted on Thursday a
resolution that criminalizes rejection of Armenian allegations
pertaining to the incidents of 1915. Only 70 out of 577
parliamentarians joined the voting of the resolution which was adopted
with majority of votes.

The resolution envisages "one-year prison term and 45,000 Euro fine
for those who deny genocide recognized by French laws." French
Parliament had recognized so-called Armenian genocide in 1915 on
January 29, 2001.

The draft criminalizing the rejection of Armenian allegations had
first been approved in 2006, but it could not become a law as French
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its presentation to Senate.

Now, the senate's approval is necessary to make the resolution a law.

Turkey strongly opposes the issue of the incidents of 1915 being used
as a tool in French politics. Many believe that French President
Sarkozy supports the Armenian resolution in order to garner support
from France's Armenian population that number around 500,000.

France will hold the first round of next year's presidential election
on April 22 and the second round run-off on May 6. Sarkozy is running
for a second term.

If the resolution is not adopted at the senate till February 22, 2012
when the parliament and senate will recess for presidential elections,
it will be invalid.