Jagland: “The issue of “Armenian genocide “is best left to historians”


The question of studying the events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War is best left to historians. According to the Council of Europe press service, this was stated by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland at a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“My approach is consistent with what has been said in the famous accords between Turkey and Armenia. It was foreseen that one should let historians to give the answer on what happened there. This is where I stand now, although I understand, that others have different opinions, national parliaments have adopted resolutions on this. We have no other opinion, here in the Council of Europe – at least at the intergovernmental level.

I do not have opinions about what should be done by the Parliamentary Assembly, but I think that the best way to deal with history is to let experts to advise us on the facts. Then, based on that, we can make our own opinions. Every time I meet with the leaders of Armenia and Turkey, I urge them to return to what they agreed upon in the famous accords. It seems to be unrealistic now, but, sooner or later, I hope that they will do so”, – said Jagland.

Translated from: haqqin.az

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