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Media Watch 2005

18 April 2005
Source: Armenian Press
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Comment: The following article appeared on the website Armenpress.am on 18 April 2005.
Turkey's promises to open archves are empty promises, Swedish professor says
""I have no other choice but see upon the promise of opening the archives by the Turkish authorities as nothing but empty words, so I have decided to take up the issue with our foreign minister and submitted a written application...""

Annelle Enochson, a Christian Democratic Party member elected to the Swedish Riksdag, has asked foreign minister Leila Freivalds what she could do in order to make the Turkish government respect its own promises to open the Ottoman archives for researchers and individuals, which it said would "prove the falseness of Armenian genocide allegations," the Armenian National Committee- Scandinavia (ANCS), has reported.

The ANCS quoted Prof. David Gaunt, from a Swedish university, as saying that their university shown interest in the archives, "but after several unfruitful attempts to get out documents from the Ottoman archives, I turned to the Swedish Committee for Human Rights, for help."

This is a support committee working in the frame of the Swedish Parliament, and they in their turn presented a list of the documents Gaunt was interested in to the Turkish foreign minister in November 2004. Until March 2005, the Turkish government has given no signs, not the slightest signal, about the requested documents.

"I have no other choice but see upon the promise of opening the archives by the Turkish authorities as nothing but empty words, so I have decided to take up the issue with our foreign minister and submitted a written application," Annelle Enochson said."