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Sparking an anti-Turkish sentiment in international circles

InternationalFollowing the 90th anniversary of the so-called Armenian genocide that was celebrated around the world, Sunday, Turkey is taking decisive action to quell these accusations in fear that it could spark an anti-Turkish sentiment in international circles.

Ankara is urging public agencies and civic groups to launch an \"all-out effort\" against the damaging allegations.

\"It has become inevitable for all state institutions and NGOs, for everybody to (work to) disprove those baseless allegations all over the world.\" said government spokesman, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, adding that there had been no genocide and an all-out effort is needed to expose those who have told such lies.

Turkey claims that 300,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in a civil war between the two communities during World War I, when Armenians took up with Russian troops in a bid for independence during the last days of the Ottoman Empire.

Earlier this month Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Armenian President Robert Kocharian, calling for a joint joint commission of historians to represent both sides and finally get some answers to the unsubstantiated claims and to normalize relations between the two. Ankara has yet to receive a formal answer.

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