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Sarkozy's remarks on Armenia -Turkey's foreign minister says France's confronting with its own history will be beneficial for world peace.

October 07 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that France's confronting with its own history would be beneficial for world peace. Ahmet Davutoglu said there was nothing in the remarks French President Nicolas Sarkozy made in Armenia that could make Turkey offended. "It will be very beneficial if France confronts with its own history, particularly with African nations," Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara. Davutoglu's remarks came after Sarkozy had said France could pass a law, similar to that in Switzerland, which would support Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915. Minister Davutoglu said those who recommended that Turkey should confront with its history should first of all look at themselves. "I consider such remarks as political opportunism, and unfortunately such political opportunism is faced in Europe whenever there is an upcoming election," Davutoglu said. Davutoglu said the remark was totally in line with internal politics in France, and it was something that would have a negative impact on Turkish-Armenian process. It was impossible to think that such remarks would contribute to a peace process, Davutoglu said. Davutoglu said Turkish people lived together with the Armenians in same cities, neighborhoods for centuries, and Armenian people had huge contributions in Turkish architecture those days. "We will confront with out history, there is not any problem. However, mentalities who cannot confront with their own histories and who have not intermingled with the societies they have ruled and who have seen them as a lower class, should confront with their own histories," Davutoglu said. Davutoglu said a state or a society that had a colonial history did not have the right to give a lesson to Turkey to confront its history. "We have always stated that the agonies experienced in 1915 are our own agonies, and we suggested that we should share our agonies," Davutoglu also said.

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Date:Oct 7, 2011
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