Friday, September 23, 2005

Turkey bans 'genocide' conference

A Turkish court has ruled that a controversial conference on the mass killing of Armenians living under the Ottoman Empire should be suspended.

The conference of academics and intellectuals was to offer a critical look at the official approach to the events of 1915.

Armenians want the killings classified as genocide, but Turkey refuses, pointing to casualties on both sides.

It is the second time the conference has been called off.

The cancellation comes just 10 days before Turkey is due to begin accession talks for membership of the European Union.

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