Turkey and Armenia signed protocols in Zurich reaching agreement on studying disputable issues, said Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin.
Turkish official met with Jean Bizet, chairman of the Committee for European Affairs in the French Senate. Mehmet Ali Sahin expressed his gratitude to Bizet for his efforts aimed at not including Armenian Genocide resolution in Senate’s agenda, Turkish Cumhuriyet newspaper reports. Earlier in 2001 and 2006 the French National Assembly adopted draft bills on the Armenian Genocide.
“We consider that Armenians’ claims are a subject of academic discussion,” Sahin said adding that memories are important but it is impossible to prove the facts on one’s own. He stressed impartial work should be carried out. “It is not a task to be solved by parliaments. Armenians, Turks and representatives of other nations suffered much pain during the past events.
The representatives of Armenia and Turkey met in Switzerland 1.5 years ago and signed the protocols reaching an agreement to set up a commission of historians to study disputable issues,” he said.