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    Turkish politician points to telling words by Armenia's first prime minister

    Hürriyet Haber
    03 Ekim 2005 - 00:00Son Güncelleme : 03 Ekim 2005 - 00:01

    The leader of the Turkish Workers' Party, Dogu Perincek, has responded to claims about the so-called Armenian genocide, pointing to a speech given by Armenia's first Prime Minister, Hovannes Katchaznouni in Bucharest in 1923. Perincek, who says that copies of this speech have been banned from Armenian soil and destroyed in western libraries, stresses that there are important clues as to what really happened in Turkey in 1915 contained in the words of Katchaznouni. An outtake of some of Katchaznouni's words as recorded to party members in Bucharest is as follows:  "Our dreams fell apart. Turkey knew very well what it had done. There is no reason for it to feel guilty today. If we had agreed earlier with Turkey, we would have gained much....We did nothing to support order in the Muslim areas, and had to resort to taking up arms. We sent soldiers and carried out massacres. The Turks brought their defense forces into action. There is nothing we did which deserves praise. Let's not look for guilty parties outside of ourselves. Yes, I am advising suicide. There is nothing left for the Tasnak Party to do. Let us break apart the party. If we do not, destruction and dishonor await us."
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