19 September 2006

1023) 'Armenian Touch' In Textbooks

Vatan yesterday reported on a change made by the National Ministry of Education (MEB) to history textbooks used in Turkey's schools. Professor Y'rfan Erdo?an, a member of MEB's Training and Education Board, told Vatan about details of the change of content in history books saying: "The Armenian question until now has been covered under the heading World War I, with 1915 -- the year of forced deportation of Armenians -- being the year the problem started. However this is not true. The Armenian question was placed before us after the World War II. . .

We are not saying that the forced deportation of 1915 never occurred, however there is a 50-year gap between the event's occurrence and its emergence as a problem for Turkey. The narrative should match this reality."

With the new change, the Armenian question will be covered under "external threats" against Turkey after the World War II.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Copyright 2006, Turkish Daily News.


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