Turkey Claims it Offered $20 Million to Open ARF Archives

Yusuf Halacoxlu

ANKARA–Head of Turkey’s state-funded Turkish Historical Society Yusuf Halacoglu told the daily Hurriyet Monday that Turkey has offered to give $20 million for the classification and the opening of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Archives housed in Boston, claiming the archives allegedly contained what he called “very important” documen’s about the “incidents” of 1915.
Halacoglu, who is notorious for making bizarre statemen’s regarding the Armenian Genocide, is also wanted in Switzerland and would face trial based on that country’s law on Genocide deniers.
Halacoglu said the Armenia’s do not want to have the archives opened because such efforts will “start a real debate over the genocide claims.”
Halacoglu said that the ARF archives in Boston allegedly contain very important documen’s regarding both the 500,000 Armenia’s who currently live in Turkey, and the 1915 incidents.
"The [Armenia’s] had said ‘We don’t have money to categorize the archives,
and therefore we cannot open them.’ I frankly told them we can give you the money needed and open the archives’. But they did not respond to my offer," Hurriyet was quoted Haracoglu as saying on Tuesday.
Halacoglu said he also presented his proposal to two Armenian historians, Ara Sarfian and Hilmar Kaiser, adding he heard no word back, and noted that the opening of the archives in Boston would launch a real debate on the issue. "This would directly open a debate over the genocide claims. Armenia’s are aware of this and therefore they are doing their best not to sit at the table," he claimed.

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