BLUE BOOK TURKISH PUBLISHERS TO STAND TRIAL

PanARMENIAN.Net
02.05.2006 00:40 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Member of the Republican Party of Turkey, Turkish MP
Sukur Elekdar brought a suit against the authors of the Turkish version
of the Blue Book, the collection of documents of the annihilation of
Armenians in Turkey. Elekdar asserts the introduction slanders him. The
MP demands to amend the "moral damage" with $15 thousand. Besides,
Elekdar raises a claim to author of the opening address Taner Akcam,
over the article published in Bikirim Turkish magazine last year.

In the article Elekdar was criticized as one of the authors of the
letter addressed to the British parliamentarians with a demand to
refute the data published in the book. The authors of the Turkish
version of the book - Umit Erdoglu, Taner Akcam and translator
Ahmet Guner will stand trial May 30, 2006, reported IA Regnum with
a reference to Bianet.

To note the Blue Book, formally knows as "Treatment of Armenians in
the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1919" is a report heard by the British
parliament in 1916. The document proves that the Armenian Genocide
was planned.

Turkish MPs requested the House of Commons to "clarify the issue with
the Blue Book". The UK Foreign Ministry in the person of Ambassador
Peter Westmacott stated it refuses to discuss the address, since the
"materials the book contains were not refuted and the authority of
its authors cannot be doubted."