Ankara Calls European Genocide Vote ‘Mutilation of History’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusoglu

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)—The European Parliament’s resolution acknowledging that the mass killings and deportations in 1915 of Armenians under Ottoman rule constitute genocide has prompted an angry response from the Turkish government, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responding that Turkey does not accept the decision and the Foreign Ministry stressing that Turkey does not respect those who are “mutilating history and law.”

The European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide on Wednesday and called on Turkey to end its policy of denial. The European Parliament’s resolution came shortly after Pope Francis commemorated the Armenian Genocide with a Holy Mass and described the historical tragedy as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, speaking to reporters on Thursday, strongly criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) response to the European Parliament resolution and to the Pope’s genocide reaffirmation. “The government should be in a position to examine what has happened in the past. The Pope says something and they react in a childish way. This is difficult to understand. The government needs to tell people to face up to the Armenian issue,” Demirtaş said. He added that, by rejecting the Pope’s remarks, the government cannot resolve the “Armenian problem.”

Speaking to a group of businesspeople during an official visit to Kazakhstan on Thursday, President Erdogan said: “We don’t recognize decisions taken by [foreign] politicians and parliaments,” adding that Turkey will ignore all such resolutions. He stated that the European Parliament’s decision on the Armenian issue is merely a reflection of its “anti-Turkey approach.”

In his first response to the Pope’s remarks, Erdogan threatened the pontiff, saying, “I condemn the Pope and warn him to not repeat the same mistake.”

Turkey’s minister of European Affiars, Volkan Bozkir, in remarks broadcast on national TV said the Argentineans as a whole, and not just the Pope, had been “brainwashed by rich and powerful Armenians,” referring to the Pope’s Argentinian ethnicity.

Erdogan also repeated threats to deport the purported 100,000 Armenian citizens living and working in Turkey.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry denigrated the European Parliament as an institution, saying it has “exceeded its competence.” “The participation of the EU citizens with a rate of 42% in [the] 2014 elections already implies the place that this parliament occupies in the political culture of the EU,” the Ministry said.

The Ministry went on to blame the European Parliament’s decision on Islamophobia and an alleged European disdain for people “who are different.” The statement called on European nations to “encounter their own past … well before dealing with the 1915 issue.”


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  1. Edgar said:

    If I was erdogan, I would start negotiating monetary and land compensations with the Armenians hopping they wont topple me ass.

  2. Jacque said:

    To train a dog you have to use a stick and a treat.
    In turkey’s case I think all of the civilized world has ran out of treats, now is time for the stick.
    That’s the only way you can control this dog before he bites someone else and bite he will, it’s in he’s nature.

  3. Norin said:

    Turkey is trying to turn this into a religious issue by pulling the old “islamophobia” card on Europe. Europeans need to ignore such empty accusations and instead focus on reigning in their Islamic citizens and refugees that have turned once vibrant cities such as Malmö, London, and Marselles into cesspools of muslim breeding grounds.

    Europe should deport all its non confirming trouble making muslims to Turkey, I hear it’s a bastion of democracy. Us Americans need to see what’s happened to Europe and take heed when accepting muslim immigrants.

  4. Areg said:

    It is called Turkish crime of Genocide not Islamophobia Mr. Cavusoglu. Kapish?

  5. GeorgeMardig said:

    ‘Mutilation of History’ does not heart as much as Mutilating 1.5 million innocent women children and elders

  6. Marshall said:

    Let Ankara and all Turks that killed ,raped women and children know we will never forget
    And what ever hand to give with you will answer for! Just once in you barbarian savage history try to be human !