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Turkish politician repeats denial of Armenian genocide

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  • Turkish politician repeats denial of Armenian genocide

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    July 24, 2005, Sunday
    15:45:29 Central European Time

    Turkish politician repeats denial of Armenian genocide

    Lausanne/Ankara

    A Turkish politician repeated Sunday his claim that it was an
    "international lie" to speak of genocide of Armenians during World
    War I.

    Dogu Perincek, chairman of the Turkish Labour Party, was speaking at
    a ceremony in Lausanne marking the signing of the treaty establishing
    the modern Turkish state in the Swiss city on 24 July 1923.

    Perincek was detained Saturday by the Swiss authorities and
    questioned by a state prosecutor for two hours about making the same
    claim at a conference in Winterthur earlier this year, Zurich police
    said.

    The public denial of genocide is a crime in Switzerland.

    The Turkish government Sunday called Perincek's temporary detention
    in Switzerland "unacceptable".

    The arrest was "completely inconsistent with the principle of freedom
    of opinion", said Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul in Ankara.

    Around 300 Kurds, Armenians and Assyrians demonstrated at Sunday's
    ceremony, protesting that the 1923 treaty destroyed their hopes of
    independence and autonomy.

    Turkey refuses to label as genocide the deaths of hundreds of
    thousands of Armenians during forced expulsions under the Ottoman
    Empire. dpa bi mga gm pmc pb
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