14 April 2005
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul revealed in Ankara that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote to Armenian President Robert Kocharian recently, proposing the creation of a joint Turkish-Armenian commission
ANKARA (JTW) Turkish Grand National Parliament first time in its history made a general session to discuss the Armenian issue. Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said in the session that Prime Minister Erdogan sent a letter to Armenian President Robert Kocharian. Turkish PM Erdogan called Armenian President to establish a joint dialogue commission. However, Gul said, Yerevan rejected the offer.
Abdullah Gul further added:
"We informed them that if our proposal is accepted, we are ready to negotiate with Armenia on how the commission will be established and how it will work and that such an initiative will serve to normalize relations between the two countries," Gul told a special session of the Turkish parliamentÔÇĐ I repeat this appeal once again... Turkey is ready to face its history, Turkey has no problem with its history."
Turkish PM Erdogan had declared on Wednesday that Ankara is prepared for an "open discussion" on the highly sensitive subject as he met members of his Justice and Development Party (AKP). Erdogan said "we have nothing to be afraid. We have no problem with our history". Erdogan further called the Armenian groups to open their archives to all researchers.
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, however rejected all dialogue calls and accused Turkey of playing a game.
14 April 2005