Turkey's Gul pleased US did not let Armenia bill hijack bilateral ties

Turkey has long been facing a systematic campaign of defamation carried out by Armenian lobbying groups.

Turkey's Gul pleased US did not let Armenia bill hijack bilateral ties

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday thanked to stance of senior U.S. executives who prevented the resolution on the Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915 from being included in the official daily agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The U.S. administration mainly President Barack Obama and State Secretary Hillary Clinton did their best on the matter. We appreciate them. Thus, they have prevented Turkish-U.S. relations from being captured by a totally irrelative issue," Gul told reporters.

Gul said, "it is very clear how much importance both we and U.S. President Obama attach to Turkish-U.S. relations. We are in close cooperation on important issues concerning the region and the world."

The resolution "H. Res. 252" --labelling the 1915 incidents which took place shortly before the fall of the Ottoman Empire as genocide-- was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 23 against 22 last March.

The adoption of the resolution caused wide reaction in Turkey, which recalled its ambassador, who returned to Washington, D.C. a month later.

Turkey has long been facing a systematic campaign of defamation carried out by Armenian lobbying groups. The Armenian diaspora has lately increased its organized activities throughout the world for the recognition of their unfounded allegations in regard to the events of 1915 as "genocide" by national and local parliaments.

Turkey is of the view that parliaments and other political institutions are not the appropriate fora to debate and pass judgments on disputed periods of history. Past events and controversial periods of history should be left to the historians for their dispassionate study and evaluation.

In order to shed light on such a disputed historical issue, the Turkish Government has opened all its archives, including military records to all researchers. Furthermore, Turkey encourages historians, scholars and researchers to freely examine and discuss this historical issue in every platform. In order to have an objective and complete analysis of the Turkish-Armenian relations, the Armenian archives should also be opened and made available to the public and researchers. For reaching the truth, historians must have access to all related archives.

In this respect, in 2005, Turkey has officially proposed to the Government of Armenia the establishment of a joint commission of history composed of historians and other experts from both sides to study together the events of 1915 not only in the archives of Turkey and Armenia but also in the archives of all relevant third countries and to share their findings with the public. Unfortunately, Armenia has not responded positively to this initiative, yet. Turkey's proposal is still on the table.


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