Demirchian Refutes TARC Membership

YEREVAN (Azg)–In its Thursday edition–the Azg daily newspaper reported that Samvel Demirchian–the son of late parliament speaker Karen Demirchian has been added to the roster of Armenian commissioners of the ill-fated Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission.

[Asbarez published that report in its Friday–March 15 issue.]

"I found out–with amazement–that I was a member of the ‘renewed’ Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission. I feel obliged to announce that this ‘revelation’ does not in any way correspond with reality," Demirchian said in a letter to Azg.

The newspaper cited Jengiz Candar–a Turkish reporter who was present at a Turkish-Armenian symposium and announced that TARC would resume its activities.

Candar also said that a Turkish commissioner–former foreign affairs minister Ilter Turkmen had stopped his membership in the TARC and another commissioner–Samvel Demirchian–the son of the killed parliament speaker Karen Demirchian–is added to the four Armenian members of TARC. The journalist also claimed that the commissioners have decided to work under strict confidentiality.

Other four Armenian members of TARC are former foreign minister Alexander Arzoumanian–former ambassador to Syria David Hovanesian–Van Krikorian (US) and Andranik Mihranian (Moscow). Armenian commissioners refused to participate in TARC work after their Turkish counterparts asked unilaterally the International Center for Transitional Justice not to conduct a study on whether the UN 1948 resolution on genocide was applicable on the Armenian genocide of 1915.

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