ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The Anadolu news agency reported that a meeting between Armenian and Turkish historians–scheduled to take place in Vienna in order to discuss the Armenian genocide–has been canceled.
The intent of the May meeting–according to the Turkish agency–was an exchange and review of documen’s by both sides. The reason for the cancellation–writes Anadolu–was the failure of the Armenian side to present documen’s as planned and promised. It adds that–although during their meeting in July 2004–Armenian and Turkish historians exchanged hundreds of documen’s–it remained unclear whether the Armenian side would participate in the upcoming meeting in Vienna.
"Those who know of this issue also know that the [Turkish] press has consistently given false information," writes the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper Marmara–and explains that the "first Vienna meeting" Anadolu wrote about never took place because Armenian historians refused to participate.
The director of the Armenian Genocide Institute-Museum–historian Dr. Lavrenti Barseghyan has consistently denied that the meeting took place–which the Turkish press insists he attended.
Armenian historians have categorically asserted that they refuse to participate in meetings that attempt to establish whether of not Armenian genocide took place.