Genocide Museum Head Slams Dialogue Efforts

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Director of the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide Lavrenty Barseghian said a gap is observed between historians of the Fatherland and the Diaspora. He reported that a scientific conference was held with the participation of Armenian–Turkish and Western scientists at the Michigan University March 8-10. Reports made during this conference didn’t win approval in the Fatherland.

According to Barseghian–obsequious notes were sounded in the speeches of some Armenian historians and political scientists against the Turkish government (Ronald Grigor-Suny and Gerard Libaridian were among them).

The Director of the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide expressed an opinion that Turks "could encourage and interest them in some way." According to him–there are people in this process who aren’t seen but play an important role–ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan and his advisor Gerard Libaridian.

Barseghian stressed that the participants of the Armenian-Turkish dialogue should be political figures–recognized and respected by people but not "compromised persons–who didn’t justify themselves in their political activities."

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