Turkish foreign minister calls for domestic cooperation against Armenian claims

Iran Materials 25 December 2006 14:27 (UTC +04:00)

(Cihan) - Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has called for cooperation between state institutions and nongovernmental organizations in the 'fight' against Armenian allegations of genocide.

In response to a motion from an opposition MP, Gul stated that Foreign Ministry and Turkish offices abroad carried out comprehensive works to discover the historical facts on the Armenian question, reports Trend.

FM Gul underlined the necessity of cooperation of state institutions and NGOs on so-called Armenian genocide claims.

"It will be appreciated that our (Turkey's) universities, nongovernmental organizations, professional organizations and businessmen should pay close attention to the issue and every single individual should contribute to these efforts," Gul remarked.

Gul recalled that PM Erdogan had suggested to Armenian president setting up a joint committee of Turkish and Armenian historians to research the facts and claims regarding the 1915 events a year ago. However, we have not been able to receive a positive response to this proposal, he added.