RABAT (AFP)–During a news conference on the last day of his tour of North Africa–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan firmly stated on Thursday–"Turkey does not accept the accusation of the so-called Armenian genocide. Documents refute such slander."
When asked about the Incirlik Air Base and allegations that the US has requested use of the Air Base with approval of a resolution about the Armenian genocide by US Congress– Prime Minister Erdogan responded–"As a democratic–secular–and social state of law–Turkey will continue supporting its ally under the structure of NATO and under the United Nations humanitarian relief efforts. However–it is impossible to meet all requests every time. We do not have any problem about principles. In the meantime–we will regret any attempts to relate it to so-called Armenian genocide. The US parliament has never done such a thing–and I believe that it will not do so in the future."
Stating that Turkey had opened its state archives in an effort to clarify the facts–Prime Minister Erdogan told reporters that "the United States should also take action by charging historians and jurists to carry on detailed research."
"Turkey has never cherished any resentment or hatred against Armenia. We declared that we have opened our state archives–and called for research; however–they rejected our proposal. Their baseless slander is totally unacceptable. Turkey does not accept the accusation of so-called Armenian genocide since documen’s refute it. Turkey will make a decision soon–and inform all countries approving resolutions to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide," he said.