Ambassador Markarian?s Letter to The New York Times

In response to a letter denying the Armenian genocide by the Turkish Ambassador to the US–Armenian Ambassador Tatoul Markarian wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times–which was published on May 31–2006. The following is the letter as it appeared in The New York Times.

Although Turkey’s ambassador to the US asserts arguably that "history should be left to historians," (NYT–May 24)–the Turkish Government makes history a precondition for normalizing interstate relations with Armenia.

Turkey needs first of all reconcile with its own history–and it must remove all taboos and stop persecution of Turkish authors who dare address the 1915 events.

Turkish scholars will then be able to examine the rich historical record–including the 1919 Turkish military tribunal which passed a death sentence against the perpetrators of the Armenian genocide.

It is the Turkish state’s denialist policy that forces growing number of nations to intervene and express their position on the subject. Historical and legal experts–including Raphael Lemkin who invented the term genocide–and the International Association of Genocide Scholars–have long recognized that the 1915 events fit the definition of the 1948 Genocide Convention in all its aspects.

Tatoul Markarian Ambassador of Armenia Washington–May 27–2006


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