Genocide Issue Should Not be Taken Out of Political Context, Says ARF

YEREVAN (YERKIR)–The Armenian Genocide issue should be heard by the International Tribunal in Hague and not the International Court of Justice as Turkey would like it to, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Director Giro Manoyan Wednesday. Manoyan was referring to recent overtures by the Turkish foreign ministry on appealing to the International Court of Justice to address the Armenian Genocide issue. "Turkey should appeal to the International Tribunal and not to the International Court of Justice, which would provide an historical assessment of the events," said Manoyan explaining that an historical evaluation of the Genocide was not necessary but rather an international verdict on the crime was needed. He explained that Turkey’s motivation was to reduce the Armenian Genocide issue to historical assessment. Manoyan explained that not all Turkish diplomats shared foreign minister Abdullah Gul’s opinion. "Ambassadors in European states call to restraint while diplomats supporting Gunduz Aktan urge to appeal not to the Court of Justice but to the International Tribunal," explained Manoyan. The ARF leader said that Armenia’should not appeal to international bodies since it did not need a confirmation of events in 1915. "A court in not needed to discuss history. If Armenia turns to a judicial entity it will mean that it agrees with the Turkish viewpoint," he said Manoyan explained that Turkey gained legitimacy after the Genocide, the recognition of which will result in that state from not existing. Manoyan added that with "cleansing" Anatolia from Armenia’s Turks managed to form a state and now are trying to gain a foothold. "Over this very reason–but not out of fear of moral and material compensations Armenia can claim–Turkey does not recognize the Genocide," he remarked.

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