February 23, 2007 - 17:57 AMT
Debate on Turkish influence on Genocide denying historians to be held in London
The Armenia Solidarity (an independent organization, formerly known as Wales-Armenia Solidarity), The Voice of New Generation and the British-Armenian All Party Parliamentary Group informed that British Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon calls for debate on Turkish influence on historians denying the Armenian Genocide. He made this statement in a letter to Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, who had forwarded to him an inquiry as to the government's position on the Armenian Genocide, independent French journalist Jean Eckian told PanARMENIAN.Net.
"Whether some historians are under Turkish influence or not is itself a matter for debate," Hoon said. Presumably, these are the historians who insist that evidence for Genocide was "not sufficiently unequivocal."
"It is only two months since the Minister for Europe agreed that "over a million Armenians were killed in the massacres of 1915". We are confident that the Minister will be informed that the government's refusal to equate the killing of "over a million
Armenians in the massacres of 1915"(the government's words) with genocide as defined in the UN 1948 Convention defies all known forms of logic. Our response to this will be to invite him to debate the extent of Turkish influence on notorious denialist historians such as Heath Lowry, Justin McCarthy and Norman Stone. Prominent UK historians will be invited to the debate, which will be held in the House of Commons April 24 following our presentation of compelling evidence for the Genocide. The public is also invited," says the statement issued by Armenia Solidarity, The Voice of New Generation and the British-Armenian All Party Parliamentary Group.