Turkish Parliament Adopts Resolution to Form Commission Move Forward towards Friendship

(Aztag)–The Turkish parliament formally called for the creation of a commission of Turkish and Armenian historians to "shed scientific light on the past."

Through a resolution–the body addressed the issue of reconciliation and the establishment of good neighborly relations with Armenia–and went on to condemn countries that have formally recognized the Armenian genocide. The resolution denounces the "insistence of Armenia’s" to advance the issue of the Armenian genocide–and pointing to Armenian "promotion of propaganda," it assures that Turkey will never take that step [to recognize the Armenian genocide].

In a statement issued Wednesday–the parliament said that it would be of benefit to both Turkey and Armenia to "settle their differences," and move forward to a future based on tolerance–friendship–and cooperation.

In a proposal backed jointly by the government and the opposition–the parliament called for a commission of Turkish and Armenian historians to search through their national archives without limitations–make public the results of their research–and set the working methods of the commission.

The parliament said that the success of this proposal–however–depends on the cooperation of the Armenian government.

"Unless Turkey and Armenia look at history from the same perspective–they will only leave prejudices–enmity–and revenge to their children and forthcoming generations," the declaration said. "What is reasonable for Turkey and Armenia is to end taboos with a joint initiative–clarify all sides of what they had experienced–and be ready to settle old scores with their history. This is the only way to prevent the past from darkening today and future."

If Armenia wants to establish good neighborly relations with Turkey–it should not hesitate to adopt Turkey’s proposal to reassess their common history–the statement said.

"The parliament would also like to stress that every well-meaning country and statesman wanting to contribute to world peace and stability should consider Turkey’s proposal as positive–and reject internal political views," it said.

"In this context–countries that want to better Turkish-Armenian relations and–and seek peace and stability in the Caucasus–should support this initiative–and refrain from acts which would harm this initiative.

The declaration also said that it was impossible for Turkey to base its history on some one-sided and misleading assessmen’s.

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