Turkey Protests European Parliament Call for Recognition of Armenian Genocide

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç


ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)—The Turkish Foreign Ministry protested on Saturday a recent report adopted by the European Parliament that called on European Union member states to recognize the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç called the European Parliament’s annual human rights and democracy report’s reference to the Armenian Genocide as “devoid of historical reality and legal basis.”

“We find these expressions extremely problematic and regret them,” Bilgiç said in the statement.

The European Parliament adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 on March 12. Article 77 of the report “calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States legally to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition.”

The Turkish government to this day refuses to acknowledge that the systematic, state-sponsored murder of 1.5 million Armenians and the exile of Armenians from their historic homelands constitutes a genocide. Instead, the Turkish state claims that it was Armenians who killed Turks and that Armenians were relocated from their homes for their own safety. Writers and public figures in Turkey are arrested regularly for speaking about the Armenian Genocide, which is illegal in Turkey under certain circumstances.

Turkey and Armenia also have no diplomatic relations. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in a show of support for its co-ethnic ally, Azerbaijan, when war broke out over Artsakh. Turkey has conditioned its normalization of ties with Armenia on the ceding of Artsakh to Azerbaijan.

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  1. Hratch said:

    More evident that Armenia is currently in the EU’s crosshairs. The EU has taken concrete steps at the expense of a fellow NATO member. The real agenda behind all this maneuvering is to save Armenia from being gobbled up by the sick man of Eurasia. The west does not want to see Armenia end up like Crimea. A mere outpost of the new CCCP regional world order.

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    Article 77 of the report “calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States legally to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition.”

    All of this has to do with the EU Member States only. Criminal Turkey isn’t part of that club, so the Report is none of Turkey’s dirty business. Why does Turkey protest? What a ridiculous country.

  3. PAUL BARDIZBANIAN said:

    TURKEY IS IN QUICKSAND ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ISSUE. THE MORE THEY DENY IT, THE DEEPER THEY SINK INTO IGNORANCE, GUILT AND PRESENT DAY COMPLICITY IN THE TERRIBLE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY THE OTTOMAN NATION OF TURKEY.

  4. ara said:

    turks- give us our land back-one half or more of what u stole after rape and plunder-then we can talk–we may not cut all ur heads-dirt for dirt-

  5. Areg said:

    Too bad Mr. Tanju Bilgic about how you feel about these facts. You can have all the regrets that you wish to have. Enough of being a cry baby. You will be hunted until the sun ends shining on this earth at which you have no place to live.
    By the way if you do not like the Europeans you can take off the European suit that you are wearing and change your stolen European letters and alphabet that you now have and stop pretending to be someone important on this earth.
    You are nobody but a rapist, barbarian, a thief and a Genocidal Turk. You are the author of Genocide.

    • Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

      Well said …thank you …
      continue…they need to be faced …face to face …
      they think they can control every one …
      but every one knows them who are they…!!!
      SP

  6. GeorgeMardig said:

    …..Armenians were relocated from their homes for their own safety….. You can’t relocate people sending women, children and elders a 500 kilometers walk in the desert without, water, food and clothing, this is called sending people to death, EXTERMINATION, besides all were not relocated, they were butchered like ISIS is doing today, ISIS the Baby of today’s Terrorist State of Turkey.

  7. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Can you ask the Foreign Minister of Turkey
    Mr. Tanju Bilgic to do his DNA…???
    I think he carries some Armenian genes by his face …
    Let him confess … His Eyes looks more Armenian than so-called new nationality Turkish (They are not a race)… have no genes other the genes of Genghiz Khan…

  8. Lusik said:

    Dear Asbarez, please try to find pictures other than pictures of Turkey’s officials (and their flag) when posting something related to Armenian Genocide.
    If you still need to post some face, you could combine, say, face of this accomplice of Turkey’s denial mafia and picture of Armenian victims of 1915 in a single picture.
    Just reflecting on well groomed Turkish politician talking about reality and legality. Turkey is allowed to deny. It does not have guts to deny without permission. Whoever says super good about Europe and super bad about Russia just pose for a moment and think – who are the powers and where they are that drive genocides and let denial of genocide to remain an issue in 21st century?

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