Turkey to Debate Genocide Denial Strategy

ALGIERS (Combined Sources)–Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul stated that Turkey’s action plan to counter the Armenian genocide will be discussed at the Turkish parliament on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists accompanying him on a trip to Algeria–Gul confirmed that he would take the floor at a special parliamentary session–scheduled for Wednesday–to detail Ankara’s strategy–Anatolia news agency reported.

"Like it or not–Turkey has fallen behind on this issue," Gul said. "Turkey should have been more active and addressed this problem with courage to better inform the international community."

Asked if a United Nations committee could be formed to look into the issue–Gul expressed that the UN is a political organ and not one that deals with legal matters. "The UN may make mistakes in voting. Individuals raising their hands to vote may vote wrongly based on political gains and interests. History has many examples of voting that proved to be fallacious."

Noting the existence of a strong Armenian lobby in the US–Minister Gul remarked–"Every year–around this time–lobbies of the Armenia’s and Turks in the United States work hard. There has never been a period when the Turks disregarded Armenian attempts in the United States. We–as Turks–have an ethical and moral obligation to inform the world about certain allegations."

According to Gul–"enlightening US congress members" is a task that should be done by all Turkish citizens and friends of Turks.

On April 24–Armenia’s will mark the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the World War I massacres–which has already been acknowledged as genocide by several countries–including France–home to a large Armenian diaspora.

Ankara worries that the Armenia’s are using the anniversary to step up their campaign–particularly in the United States–whose traditionally close ties with Turkey are today markedly strained amid differences over Iraq. Some European Union politicians also maintain that Turkey should address the genocide claims and mend fences with neighboring Armenia as it prepares to launch membership talks on October 3.

Gul noted that "something which never occurred and bears no truth has become a tool of propaganda to win hearts in the West."

"We must work with full force to create extraordinary efforts to illuminate the truth," commented Gul.

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