PM: Turkey is ready to open archives relating to 1915 events

Türkiye Materials 7 May 2012 16:58 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 7 / Trend /

Ankara is ready to open the archives to investigate the events of 1915, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting in Slovenia, where he is on an official visit, TRT Haber reported on Monday.

"We are ready to open our archives to investigate the events of 1915. At present there are more than 1,500 documents in our archives," Erdogan said.

He said that Armenia, unlike Turkey, is afraid to do it.

"The words that until Turkey recognises the so-called "Armenian genocide", it will not become an EU member are totally unfounded. It is historians who should discuss history, not politicians," Erdogan said.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.