Turkish historian says war-era archives could upset Armenians

Erdogan proposed the then Armenian President Kocharyan to establish a joint commission of historians to study the Ottoman-era incidents of 1915.

Turkish historian says war-era archives could upset Armenians

A Turkish historian said that Armenian people could be surprised if they saw World War I-era archives of both Turkey and Armenia.

Professor Kemal Cicek, head of Armenian Researches Desk of Turkish Historical Society, said Turkey had nothing to fear and Turkish historians were ready to discuss anything regarding the incidents of 1915.

In 2005, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the then Armenian President Robert Kocharyan and proposed to establish a joint commission of historians to study the Ottoman-era incidents of 1915.

"Mr. Prime Minister said in his letter that Turkey would not oppose to outcomes of studies conducted by this commission even if they could support Armenian allegations," Cicek said.

"This commission would be the only place that Turkey could defend itself," he said.

Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols last weekend to establish diplomatic ties and open the border that is closed since 1993. Countries also agreed to take steps to operate a sub-commission on impartial scientific examination of the historical records and archive to define existing problems and formulate recommendations, in which Armenian, Turkish as well as Swiss and other international experts would take part.

Turkey sees it as a chance, said Cicek, adding that Armenian officials were unaware of archives neither in Turkey nor in Armenia.

"I am sure that they will see very significant documents that could surprise them," he said. "Armenians can bring to table anything that could justify their views. We are ready to discuss everything including the period before and after the incidents of 1915 or abandoned Armenian assets."

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