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Assessment of the history in the parliaments is unfavorable for Armenia as well - Turkish PM (UPDATE-3)

Armenia Materials 12 April 2010 22:41 (UTC +04:00)
The meeting between the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian President Serj Sargsyan in Washington on April 12 finished, CNN Turk website reported. The meeting continued for one and a half hours.
Assessment of the history in the parliaments is unfavorable for Armenia as well - Turkish PM (UPDATE-3)

Assessment of the history in the parliaments of countries is unfavorable for Armenia as well, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the George Mason University in Washington on Monday, where he arrived after a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Serj Sargsyan.

"We reject the accusations of genocide in relation to the events of 1915 and reject the unfair and unilateral decision of parliaments. We believe that the history should be studied and evaluated by historians, but not parliaments. We have indicated willingness to open our archives and urged other countries to do the same," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After the meeting with Turkish Prime Minister, Serj Sargsyan met with the representatives of the Armenian community in America, Mediamax reported.

"Our position was and remains the same: Turkey can not speak with Armenia and Armenians in the language of preconditions, simply we will not allow it," said Sargsyan.

He said that Armenia is not going to discuss in any format the fact of so-called "genocide" or pretend to believe as though Turkey may have some positive role in the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.

The meeting between the sides continued for one and a half hours, CNN Turk website reported.

The Russian service of TRT reported that one of the important topics of the meeting was the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, for which the Turkish Prime Minister expressed his point of view.

Any statement was not made at the conclusion of the meeting. Sources from Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that it is expected that both countries mutually reaffirm their commitment to the process of normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan, TRT reported.

The meeting which was the first one after the Davos forum in 2008 was held during the Summit on Nuclear Safety, organized by the White House. The two leaders met at the Congress Center in Washington.

The meeting was also attended by the Foreign Ministers of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Armenia Edward Nalbandian, Advisor of Foreign Ministry of Turkey Firudin Sinirlioglu and Assistant Secretary of the Armenian President Vigen Sargsyan.

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