TARC Is Dead

At presstime Asbarez learned from the Armenian Assembly of America that the Armenian Commissioners of the ill-fated Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission announced that they have informed TARC Chairman David L. Phillips that TARC is not going to proceed.

Below is the text of the TARC statement issued on Tuesday–December 11–2001

Yesterday we were advised that the Turkish Commissioners unilaterally instructed the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) to refrain from proceeding with the agreed upon study regarding the applicability of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention to the Armenian Genocide. Accordingly–the Armenian Commissioners regret to announce that we have notified Chairman David L. Phillips earlier today that the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) is not going to proceed.

We continue to believe that there is a need for full normalization of relations between Armenia’s and Turks and between Armenia and Turkey. Contacts between members of Armenian and Turkish civil societies–such as those which have been enabled through the TARC–continue to be necessary to accomplish these essential goals.

Commissioner Alexander Arzoumanian
Commissioner David Hovhannissian
Commissioner Van Z. Krikorian
Commissioner Andranik Migranian

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