This is not 1915 when official orders can be destroyed after ”the work is done.” This is 2007 when confidential orders are often e-mailed and sometimes to unintended recipients.
On March 7, 2007, Turkey’s cabinet Ministry of National Education sent this confidential letter to the Istanbul Governorate requesting “information and action so that the above mentioned arguments
[that detail how to deny the Genocide] are taken into consideration in the organization of educational, cultural and social activities.” Source: e-mail.
REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION
DG Private Education Institutions
No : B.08.0.0.ÖÖG.0.0I.19.01.01/420.1
Subject: Fight against So-called Genocide Claims 07 MARCH 2007
TO ISTANBUL GOVERNORATE
(Provincial Education Directorate)
In the 16th meeting of the Coordination Board for Fighting against so-called Genocide Claims, the following principles have been adopted:
It should be voiced that:
Turks respected and showed tolerance to the religions and cultures of the minorities living among the states that they had established,
In the history of Turks, in their state tradition and culture, there has been no racism or hatred causing genocide and assimilation like it was in the western world,
In order to protect the respectability of their professions, it is necessary for the colleagues to show reactions with the scientists and media that do not act on an unbiased basis vis-à-vis genocide claims,
Armenia has destroyed Turkish cultural products; Turkish population was exiled from Armenia or annihilated.
In this scope and in the framework of the general objectives and fundamental principles of our National Education System, I request your information and action so that the above mentioned arguments are taken into consideration in the organization of educational, cultural and social activities.
İstanbul GovernorateOffice of the Clerical OfficerKozmik Büro
Provincial Education Director
pp the Governor Ömer Güney
pp the Minister Director General
Beşevler Kampüsü E. Blok 06500 / ANKARA
Tel:213 47 25 Faks: 223 99 26 CONFIDENTIAL