Slovakia Acknowledges Massacres Not “Genocide”

BRATISLAVA (Noyan Tapan)–Slovakia has acknowledged the massacre of 1 – 1.5 million Armenia’s living in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. However–it has refrained from referring to these massacres as "genocide." This information was provided to a Noyan Tapan correspondent in a letter from the Slovakian presidential office on February 28.

In the letter–it was noted that "Slovakia as a party to various international agreemen’s on the prevention and punishment of genocide–opposes any act of genocide. In addition–the Slovakian republic supports the reevaluation of evidence from the past–as was the case in Germany and Japan after World War II. During World War I–the Armenian population of the eastern regions of Asia Minor were deported by the Turks toward the Syrian deserts–based on suspicions of their sympathy for Russia. During this time–approximately 1 to 1.5 million Armenia’s perished. However–any qualifications of those events is up to historians."

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