Turkish Press Alleges Start of Debate on Genocide

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–The Noyan Tapan news agency, quoting a Turkish Historical Society representative from Hurriyet, reported Monday that some Armenian and Turkish historians have begun discussing "the events of 1915."

"In March or April we are preparing to hold discussions about the events of Adana, with the participation of Armenian experts Ara Sarafian, Garabet Moumjian and Khatchig Mouradian," announced Historical Society representative Prof. Kemal Cicek, who added that during a recent visit to the society, Sarafian allegedly said that the word genocide would not be used to characterize the events of 1915.

"It is not true," said Sarafian in an email to Asbarez in response to inquiries about the veracity of the Hurrieyt report.

In a similar inquiry by Asbarez, Mouradian said “the report that appeared in Hurriyet and was also circulated by the Noyan Tapan News Agency does not correspond to the truth."

"Earlier this month, I did receive an invitation for an academic conference organized by the Turkish Historical Society in Ankara,” he said. “I did not, however, accept the invitation.”

The Turkish Historical Society called the recent "I apologize" campaign launched by Turkish scholars "a new obstacle aimed at weakening recent efforts for dialogue by both sides."

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