Turks to Bring Up Armenian Issues At Council of Europe Session

ISTANBUL (Anadolu News Agency)–Members of Parliament’s Council of Europe delegation left for Strasbourg on January 21 to attend the winter session of the council for the year 2001.

Uluc Gurkan–the chairman of the Turkish delegation–before their departure from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport–said there were two important issues for Turkey.

Gurkan said–"in the previous period–Turkey was not presented in Chairmanship Office in Council of Europe. Turkey’s representation in the office will be voted again on January 22." He added–”the other important issue is that accreditation of the delegations of Azerbaijan and Armenia will be voted. It will be our duty to stress Armenian occupation especially on Azerbaijani territory."

Responding to a question about the resolution on the so-called genocide on Armenia’s which was adopted in the French parliament–Gurkan said–”this issue is not on the agenda of the Council of Europe. However–this does not mean that it would not be brought to the agenda. It will be beneficial to convey the realities to the parliamentarians in Council of Europe starting as of today. We should use all the fields effectively.”

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