Turkish prime minister has voiced a resounding rejection to Armenian allegations over the incidents of 1915 in an interview with U.S. television network, PBS.
"We would be very upset if you call it a genocide. I shall put it very clearly: We would never accept such a genocide. This is a complete lie. And I call on people to prove their accusations," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Charlie Rose Show on Tuesday.
Erdogan said Turkey had opened its archives for historians to study the issue and that he had sent a letter in 2005 to a former Armenian president, asking him to do the same.
"It is not a correct behaviour to appeal to politicians to pass judgement on the issue instead of letting historians work on it," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said it was Turkey that had started the normalization process with Armenia. "We are sure of ourselves," the Turkish premier said.
Touching on the Upper Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Erdogan said the problem should be solved in the shortest possible time.
"This place is under occupation. We need to settle this issue. And once it is solved, the region will become a region of peace ... and the problem between Turkey and Armenia will definitely be settled," Erdogan said.
The Turkish premier said the Turkish parliament was very sensitive about ratifying two protocols signed with Armenia to resume diplomatic relations.
"If the developments that we desire to see fail to happen, I believe that no positive result would come out from the parliament," Erdogan said.
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