YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Professor Richard Hovanissian blasted Moscow-based political analyst Andranik Migranian–during a Wednesday press conference organized to announce an upcoming conference about factors in regulating Armenian-Turkish relations. The conference of mostly well-known scholars is to take place in Yerevan–May 6-7–at the National Academy of Sciences.
Migranian–a member of the now dissolved Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC)–in addressing the break-up of the Commission–said that TARC played a great role in getting the New York Times to lift its long-standing policy against the use of the term "Armenian Genocide."
"We must speak well of the dead [TARC]–as the Commission played a great role lately in getting the influential American [newspaper]–the New York Times–to allow usage of the word genocide when referring to [the Armenian] Genocide," Migranian asserted.
Hovannisian–who holds the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California–Los Angeles and is the author of numerous publications relating to the Republic of Armenia–responded curtly–saying that the Commission had absolutely no influence on the New York Times decision.
"I know the Turkish members of that Commission; they all categorically represent the Turkish Government," Hovannisian said–adding that he does not expect definite results from the upcoming conference–as the views of genocide scholars and analysts will not necessarily correspond.