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Anadolu Agency
1/25/2004

Erdogan: We Regretted Switzerland's Taking Such A Decision About
So-called Armenian Genocide


DAVOS - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, ''the real
reason of postponement of Swiss foreign minister's scheduled visit to
Turkey is the decision taken by Switzerland about the so-called
Armenian genocide. We regretted Switzerland's taking such a negative
decision.''

Holding a press conference in Davos city of Switzerland on Saturday,
Prime Minister Erdogan said, ''the real reason of postponement of
Swiss foreign minister's scheduled visit to Turkey is the decision
taken by Switzerland about the so-called Armenian genocide. We
regretted Switzerland's taking such a negative decision.''

''In fact, there have been very good economic and political relations
between Turkey and Switzerland. There are 100 thousand Turkish
people, 5 thousand Armenian people in Switzerland. It is meaningless
to carry such historical events to the future. We have been expending
great efforts to foster a generation of peace. Therefore, it is
useless to bring such historical events onto agenda again. On the
other hand, Swiss parliament does not have any connection with the
issue. The issue should have not been brought onto their agenda. Both
Turkish and Armenian peoples lost their lives in the past. It is
extremely wrongful to describe this event as a genocide,'' he
stressed.

When asked, ''Qatari foreign minister announced earlier that he was
ready to act as a mediator between Israel and Syria. We expected you
to mediate. Is it an initiative to take your role? Will Turkey want
to mediate between the United States and Syria?'' Prime Minister
Erdogan told reporters, ''Turkey is not left behind of anyone about
mediation between Israel and Palestine. We told our Israeli,
Palestinian and Syrian interlocutors that we are ready to act as
mediator. During his visit to Turkey, President Bashar Al-Assad of
Syria welcomed our proposal. The Israeli ambassador also welcomed it.
Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs will launch the necessary diplomacy
to this end soon.''

Upon a question about Iraq, Prime Minister Erdogan said, ''formation
of a federative structure on the basis of ethnicity or religious
sects will yield forth extremely negative results.''

Responding another question about his meeting with United Nations
Secretary General Kofi Annan, Prime Minister Erdogan said, ''we
attribute importance to approach of the Greek Cypriot side. If the
Greek Cypriot side accepts it by putting forward some formulations,
we, as a guarantor country, will welcome it. We hope that leaders of
two communities in the island will resolve the issue. I believe that
the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will display a positive
approach.''

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan's scheduled meeting with Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands was cancelled.
 
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