Edward Nalbandyan glu
22.11.11 | 14:03

Armenian authorities have repeatedly stated that the fact of the
Armenian Genocide and the importance of its international recognition
and condemnation have never been, nor can ever be, called into
question, said Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan while
visiting the Hague in the Netherlands.

In an interview with the low countries' prestigious periodical, Dutch
De Volkskrant, Nalbandyan (who is on a European tour Nov. 21-26, with
planned stops also including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium
and Lithuania), in particular, slammed Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu for his recent statement on the establishment of a
committee of historians to look into the "1915 events" made while his
meeting with his French counterpart. Nalbandyan called the statement
an attempt to compromise the position of France and other states and
international organizations on Genocide recognition.

Davutoglu held a meeting with Alain Juppe in Ankara on November 18.

The statements in question were made at a joint press conference
following that meeting.

"It is nothing else but continuation of a dangerous denial policy,
about which French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a clear statement
in Armenia," Nalbandyan added, according to his press office.

Regarding the Turkish minister's claims that Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's letter addressed to the former Armenian
President Robert Kocharyan was left unanswered in 2005, Nalbandyan
said that Kocharyan's answer was sent and published on April 25, 2005.

"Both the international community and Turkey - perhaps with the
exception of a few people as it can be concluded from Ahmet Davutoglu's
statement - are well aware of the contents of that answer," Nalbandyan

In that response Kocharyan rejected Turkey's offer of a joint academic
study on the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire that
the Turkish government deny constituted genocide.

Erdogan wrote to Kocharian earlier, suggesting that a commission of
Turkish and Armenian historians examine the events of 1915-1918 and
determine if they indeed amounted to genocide.

From: Baghdasarian