Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Dissident conference stirs tensions in Turkey

Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek Tuesday accused of "treason" a group of academics organizing a conference to question Turkey’s official position on the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The three-day conference, which opens Wednesday at Istanbul’s prestigious Bogazici University, will be attended by Turkish academics and intellectuals who dispute Ankara’s version of the 1915-1917 massacres, recognized as genocide by several countries.

Cicek condemned the initiative as a blow to government efforts to counter a mounting Armenian campaign to have the killings recognized internationally as genocide, which many fear may cloud Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

(Source: Kurdish Media)

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