Erdogan Warns Pope to not Repeat ‘Mistake’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the pope

ANKARA–Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday blasted Pope Francis for his reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide and warned the pontiff to not make the same “mistake” again, reported the Turkish media.

Speaking to the Turkish Exporters Assembly at the presidential palace, Erdogan said: “I condemn the Pope and hope that he will not make the same mistake again, and want to urge him [not to do so],” reported Today’s Zaman.

Pope Francis described the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as “the first genocide of the 20th century” during a mass on Sunday, in which the Armenian Catholic rite was celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope added that “concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.”

“Whenever politicians, religious functionaries assume the duties of historians, then delirium comes out, not fact. Hereby, I want to repeat our call to establish a joint commission of historians and stress we are ready to open our archives,” added Erdogan.

The Turkish leader claimed that during a recent visit to Turkey, the pope had allegedly vowed that “to not let historic events be taken out of context and be used for propaganda against Turkey,” said Erdogan, adding that the pope had come off as “a different politician.

“His remarks display the appearance of a mentality different to that of a religious functionary,” Erdogan said. “I won’t let historical events be brought out of their own course and turned into a campaign against our country and nation.”

Erdogan also made reference to the no infamous “condolence” statement he made on April 23, 2014, in which he offered condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians who died during World War I and reiterated his call for historian to study the Armenian Genocide.

Official Claims Pope and Argentines are “Brainwashed”
Turkey’s minister of European Affiars, Volkan Bozkir, in remarks broadcast on national TV on Monday said the Argentineans as a whole, and not just the pope, had been “brainwashed by rich and powerful Armenians,” reported the New York TImes.

“In Argentina,” Bozkir asserted, “the Armenian diaspora controls the media and business.” The minister provided no evidence for his assertion and was not asked for any, added the New York Times.
“I would like to note that the pope is from Argentina, a country that hosted Nazi war criminals who perpetrated unspeakable crimes against humanity,” Bozkir said, while speaking at rally in Istanbul, reported Today’s Zaman.


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  1. Սեյրան said:

    Like what you are going to do, son of Turk!!!! This is why that civilized and human countries recognizing and must recognize Armenian Genocide.

  2. State-Of-Emergency said:

    The French, the Russians and another 20 countries have already opened their archives and deemed it as genocide. Why don’t you go and challenge there findings?

  3. ohannes boghossian said:

    MR Erdogan i am just wondering if you are on cocaine or heroine 24 hours
    thank God i am not a Turk you are total embarrassment to Turkish Nation
    keep it up drug adding keep embarrassing your self and the Turk’s
    God blase POP Francine

  4. Areg said:

    Enough of Erdogan and his likes to threaten those who speak of the Armenian Genocide. The civilized world does not buy this old Turkish tricks any more. Erdogan and Genocide deniers like him can all go to hell.

    • GeorgeMardig said:

      @Marshall: I’m not so sure, he’s very, very, very, stupid

  5. Reader said:

    Erdogan is a muslim brotherhood fanatic. He has no place in modern politics. And more importantly, through it’s actions of supporting terror and anti-west actions, Turkey has demonstrated over and over again that it is no ally of the West and especially not an ally of the United States. We ask the entire world and especially all the Christians to stand together with the Armenian nation in its righteous cause of genocide recognition and reparations.

  6. Edgar said:

    It will take many years for these nomads to change! and Armenians will be the that will change these people towards humanity.

  7. Masis said:

    Hey Recep! After your above response, addressing you as “Mister” would pay you undue respect. It is amazing that you Genghis Khan-like ideology has persisted into the 21st century, where you try to intimidate and bully The Pontiff. Your ancestors tried to cleanse people during the Christian Genocide of 1915 and you try to silence the leader of Christianity by stating that he should not comment on your ancestors’ offenses.

    You use the word “delirium.” Delirium is when you try to bully an impartial Pontiff then claim the present day Turkey has the greatest democracy in the world. Delirium is when you apply medieval politics in the 21st century and hope the civilized world will adopt your stance. Delirium is when you deny volume of data confirming the Christian Genocide of 1915. Delirium is when you denigrate the intellectual ability of the entire Argentinian people and claim they harbored Nazi’s while your country negotiated a friendship treaty with the Nazi’s in 1941.

    You give him a warning. Here is my warning to you: Joseph Stalin tried to silence the clergy under his totalitarian rule; his aftermath was that his tomb was moved around and around after his death and he currently holds no place of respite. Pay attention to where you will rest after death.

  8. Norin said:

    Shut your mouth you little puppy, dogs like Erdogan like to bark all day with lies and deceit. F#%* your joint commission and F$&@ your manipulated archives. Facts and realities of your crimes against humanity don’t need joint commissions.

  9. GeorgeMardig said:

    Turkey deserves a better president than Erdogan, he’s out of touch not to mention that on top he is a lunatic.

  10. h.flemming said:

    Really, Turkeys minister of European affairs wants to quote Hitler’s Genocide
    again. I guess if the father of your country, Attaturk committed such a crime,
    that Hitler modeled the attrocitiys of the Jews, after what happened to the Armenians,
    under Attaturks rule. Let ‘s try to get the history right, before you start blaming
    the Pope and the Argentinians people. Really, do we need to go there?

  11. armenag manoukian said:

    what a low blow about the nazis,now lets get the jews into this conversation,and see if they remember who’s side their on?