“There are all sorts of allegations about what happened a century ago. It is clear that people who do not know what happened where or how are not able to take decisions on this matter,” Gul said in an interview.
“What we hope is that historians, archive specialists study this matter and we are ready to accept the conclusions of this commission. To show that we are sincere, we even said that if a third country is interested in this matter, if French historians, for example, want to take part in this commission, they are welcome,” he added on the eve of a visit to France.
The establishment of a commission to study the Genocide is part of two protocols that Turkey and Armenia said they would sign in a bid to establish diplomatic ties for the first time and open their border, sealed since 1993.
President Sarkisian, during his Diaspora tour, has been assuring community leaders that the protocols do not contain provision for the establishment of such a commission, but rather a grouping that would help Turkey deal with its past.
In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the protocols would be signed on Saturday. Armenia’s presidential spokesperson did not confirm or deny that report.