Turkish TV To Show Controversial Film On Armenian Killings
An Armenian mother and her dead child in 1915 (file photo) (epa)
April 12, 2006 -- A private TV station in Turkey will broadcast a controversial movie on April 13 about the massacres of Armenians during World War I.
Kanalturk says a survey of viewers indicated widespread support to show "Ararat" by Canadian director Atom Egoyan, an ethnic Armenian.
Turkey acknowledges that tens of thousands of Armenians were killed, but denies it amounted to genocide.
CALL IT GENOCIDE? Questions surrounding the mass killings of Armenians at the beginning of the last century continue to dominate relations between Armenia and Turkey. In April,
Ankara proposed conducting a joint Armenian-Turkish investigation into the mass killings and deportations of Armenians during World War I. Turkish leaders suggested that the two countries set up a joint commission of historians to determine whether the massacres carried out between 1915 and 1917 constituted genocide. Armenia, however, insisted it would continue to seek international recognition and condemnation of what it says was a deliberate attempt at exterminating an entire people....(more)