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    Only historians have the right to make decisions about historical events

    Hürriyet Haber
    27.02.2005 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish Ambassador to Germany Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik said on Saturday, "only historians have the right to make decisions about historical events." Irtemcelik released a statement about a draft resolution, which will be submitted to the German federal parliament in April by CDU/CSU group under the title of "commemoration of Armenians on the 90th anniversary of their relocation and massacre on April 24th, 1915 - Germany should contribute to provide peace between Turks and Armenians". In his statement, Irtemcelik said, ''only historians have the right to make decisions about historical events. The draft includes many prejudices, mistakes and unilateral expectations about Turkey-Armenia relations.'''Armenians resorted to organized terrorism not only in Eastern Anatolia during the World War I, but also in many places in the world from Los Angeles to Vienna, from Beirut to Paris in the near future to reach their political targets. Armenia did not recognize Turkey's territorial integrity and the existing borders with Turkey. Also, despite all warnings of the international community, Armenia has still been occupying territories of Azerbaijan. Under the light of all these, we find it strange that German political parties have undertaken spokesmanship of fanatic Armenian nationalism. We think that CDU/CSU did not understand the importance and sensitivity of the issue,'' he said.  ''No one can reach anywhere by defaming Turkish people and their history. No one has the right to hamper our integration process, and our historic and friendly relations with Germany. Before putting forward such baseless allegations, everyone should study the history carefully. Besides many Armenians, countless innocent Muslim people died in those years. If they aim to assist Turkey and Armenia to improve their relations, they should realize that such issues are extremely serious and cannot be used as a tool for domestic policies of the third countries. Instead of preparing such drafts, I invite them to persuade Armenian President Robert Kocharian and the Armenian government to give up their policy preventing formation of a peaceful atmosphere in Southern Caucasus,'' he added.
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