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Jan 28 2004
Turkey to Take the Offensive Against Armenian Propaganda
USA, January 28, 2004 - Turkey signaled that the proactive politics
it put into action with the Cyprus issue will also be practiced in
dealing with the so-called Armenian genocide issue.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued meetings in New York
yesterday and said that the government is set to take the offensive
in dealing with the Armenian propaganda. "If you remain on the
defensive, your job is to reply back what has been said. That which
occurred in the past is the business of historians," said Erdogan.
Erdogan received memebers of the Turkish American community at the
Turkevi (Turk House), and drew attention to the power of the Armenian
lobby in countries that have no relation to the issue. "They adopted
a resolution in Switzerland. In a meeting with the president of
Switzerland, I said, 'there are 5,000 Armenians and 100,000 Turks in
your country. What you did to please 5,000 people cannot be
justified.' Let's leave that business to the historians. Let bygones
be bygones, let's look ahead to the future."
The Prime Minister underlined that Turks living abroad have to play
an active role in Turkey's politics. "Be involved in Turkish local
politics; let the politicians know that you support them. Never stay
out of this business. Show the entrepreneurship of Turks." He invited
Turkish Americans to unite and work under the roof of the current
A Turkish American then asked about the Cyprus issue, to which
Erdogan replied: "You cannot leave the [negotiation] table because
someone does not agree with your thesis. We will not leave the table.
We must put aside any negativity and sit for the negotiations. Then
we will see whether or not Greeks say, 'OK'. Let's talk within the
framework of the Annan plan. Let them put forward the formulas. TRNC
is will remain one step ahead of them. If the two leaders express the
inclination, then God willing the issue could be solved by May 1."
Foreign News Services / / USA