TURKEY URGES OBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF JOINT HISTORY WITH ARMENIA

Hurriyet
April 29 2009
Turkey

ANKARA - Turkey and Armenia's joint history should be evaluated with
"an objective and scientific approach," the Turkish National Security
Council, or MGK, said after a meeting held Tuesday.

"The joint history of the Turkish and Armenian nations should be
evaluated with an objective and scientific approach that is supported
by undisputable proofs and documents and is free of all pre-conceived
notions," the MGK said in a statement issued after the meeting.

The MGK discussed Turkey's possible additional contributions to the
International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

The MGK said that issues pertaining to Turkey's security were discussed
and a will to continue the fight against terror under the framework
of democracy and the rule of law was emphasized.

"We have evaluated our relations with Iraq and discussed in detail
the fight against terrorist incidents stemming from north of Iraq,"
the MGK said. "The issue of Turkey's energy needs was discussed from
political, strategic and diplomatic perspectives. We welcome with
pleasure the early elections that took place in the Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus in a peaceful atmosphere."