YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia’s minister of foreign affairs Edward Nalbandian said Tuesday that Turkey and the international community are increasingly in disagreement, while commenting on Pope Francis’ reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide on Sunday.
On Sunday the head of the Roman Catholic Church served a landmark Holy Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite in St. Peter’s Basilica. In his speech, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The Pope’s statement provoked anger in Turkey, whose government recalled its ambassador to the Vatican.
“If Turkey disagrees with this statement and with many countries having recognized the Armenian genocide, and does not agree with the opinion of the international organizations, than it is the problem of Turkey, but not of the global community,” Nalbandian said. “This indicates that Turkey and the international community do not speak the same language.”
“This confirms Ankara’s continuing policy of denial at a state level and, hence, assumes responsibility for the crime committed by the Ottoman Empire leadership,” the Armenian foreign minister said.
Guided by universal human values, the Pope said that concealing or denying the genocide would mean leaving the wound bleeding without bandaging it, Nalbandian said.
“Denial is opening the doors not to reconciliation, but to new crimes against humanity,” Nalbandian said.