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Turkish Foreign Ministry expresses deep sorrow over statements of Chirac in Armenia

05 October 2006 [00:40] - TODAY.AZ
Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed deep sorrow over statements of French President Jacques Chirac who supported so-called Armenian genocide during his visit to Armenia.

Foreign Ministry stated that it is not possible to accept Chirac's definition of the incidents (which occurred under World War I conditions in 1915 and were interpreted differently by many respected international historians) as "genocide".

"However, when several implementations during colonialism period of France were brought onto agenda last year, President Chirac had defended the view that historical incidents should be examined by historians," noted the Ministry.

"Turkish people have rightfully reacted to Chirac who is making groundless statements and giving an impression as if so-called Armenian genocide is among Turkey's EU criteria instead of supporting Turkey's proposal to Armenia to examine the allegations in a joint commission of historians which we have not yet received a positive response," added the Ministry.



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