Armenian History to be Included in Turkish Textbooks

(Marmara)–During its recent meeting with Turkish National Movement leader Devlet Bacheli–"the Committee Against the Baseless Claim of the Armenian Genocide" decided to implement new programs that will attempt to counter the efforts of genocide recognition.

The committee has decided to include material in Turkish textbook that would seek to reverse present day attempts in favor of the recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide.

During a press release in Ankara–"Chaman" Newspaper correspondent Ibrahim Assaleoghlu presented an outline of the corrections to be made in elementary and high school level textbooks regarding the claims of the Armenia’s–Pontus Greeks and Assyrians.

According to information released at the press conference–the Turkish Department of Education plans to provide Turkish students with information necessary to counter claims made by Armenia’s–Greeks and Assyrians concerning the suffering of their ancestors.

The Department of Education will disperse such information during the 2002-03 school year–and will fully incorporate the material into school textbooks by the following year.

9th grade students in Turkey will be taught the history of the Ottoman-Armenia’s–from the Empire’s establishment to the end of World War I.

Adhering to official Turkish historiography–topics discussed in classrooms will include the treatment of the Armenia’s by the Ottomans–the establishment of the Armenian Partriarchate of Istanbul–Ottoman demography–the condition of Armenia’s after the introduction of the "Tanzimat" (Reordering) period and the relationship between Ottoman-Armenia’s and European powers.

Students in higher grades will be introduced to the official Turkish state version of the history of the formation and activities of Armenian revolutionary groupings at the end of the 19th century–followed by an explanation of why the Ottoman authorities made the decision to deport its Armenian inhabitants. The lessons dealing with the fate of the Ottoman-Armenia’s during World War I will include the demography of the region and the number of Armenia’s that were subject to deportation–and an explanation of the humanitarian work undertaken by Ottoman authorities during the deportations. These students will also be introduced to the conditions of the Assyrians and Greeks during the beginning of the 20th century.

The textbooks will deal with the history of Armenia’s after World War I and–in particular–with the international movement for the official recognition of the Armenian genocide.

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