Armenian Historians Not to Take Part in Genocide Conference

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Hrant Avetisian–the director of the History Institute–affiliated with the Armenian National Academy of Sciences–told Armenpress that he had learned about the Armenian-Turkish dialogue of historians–entitled the Heavy Burden of History–to be held on March 23-25 in Germany’s Mulheim under the aegis of the Armenian Association of Germany and a similar organization of German Turks from the press.

Hakob Chakrian–an expert in Turkish history and a reporter with Azg Daily–invited to participate in the conference–according to Avetisian–may have a personal invitation. He said that even if there were official invitations–the Armenian historians would not go to Germany to take part in debates "because it would not be correct to debate over whether the genocide occurred or not."

He said they could discuss with Turkish historians only issues on how to eliminate the aftereffects of the genocide committed by the government of the Young Turks. "For this the Turkish government must recognize the genocide just as other countries have," he said.

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