Turkey Threatens Paraguay for Armenian Genocide Recognition

Victor Bogado and Taner Karakas (Source: Agencia Prensa Armenia)
Victor Bogado and Taner Karakas (Source: Agencia Prensa Armenia)

Senator Victor Bogado and Turkish ambassador to Paraguay, Taner Karakas (Source: Agencia Prensa Armenia)

ASUNCION, Paraguay (Agencia Prensa Armenia)—Turkey suspended bilateral relations with Paraguay and threatened to boycott trade with the country after the Paraguayan Senate unanimously approved on October 29 an official recognition (Statement N° 101/15) of the Armenian Genocide.

Turkey’s ambassador in Argentina, Taner Karakas, concurring in Paraguay and Uruguay, met with Senator Victor Bogado, of the ruling Colorado Party, who is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Affairs. According to local reports, Karakas expressed “disagreement and concern on the declaration.”

After the meeting, Bogado said on November 19 that he would present “an alternative project as a way of rectifying the position of the Senate.”

“Turkey was deeply concerned about the term ‘genocide’, given that this happened before the creation of the same Turkish state,” said Bogado.

Bogado also said that “the Senate declaration is nonbinding with the government’s position.”

Alfonso Tabakian, director of the Armenian National Committee of South America, emphatically said to Agencia Prensa Armenia that “the Turkish state, through its concurrent Ambassador to Paraguay, exerted unprecedented pressure bordering on blackmail on Paraguay, brutally exposing the authoritarianism of the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

On November 24, politician Rafael Filizzola Serra published on ABC newspaper an article titled “The Armenian Genocide and Our Dignity as a Sovereign Country,” in which he stressed that the decision of the Senate of Paraguay was “a sovereign decision consistent with the history of our country.”

“The unfortunate thing is that our diplomacy, rather than defending the sovereign authority of the Senate to speak, has taken steps to reverse the parliamentary statement,” he added. “Our diplomacy shows a supine ignorance of the current international position on the Armenian Genocide and historical facts found by the intellectual community.”

“The dignity of a country that suffered the extermination and that has a moral obligation to speak out against acts like this and many others, to ever happen again. And for justice, because crimes against humanity must not only be reported but also repaired. Armenia deserves a fair compensation for everything it suffered, as well as our country.”

“I sincerely hope that Paraguay will not kneel once again to pressure and blackmail, and that our diplomacy is worthy of a sovereign country,” concluded Filizzola Serra.


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  1. Georgina Candia de la Mora García said:

    Es una dignidad y orgullo para mi que nuestros Senadores han aprobado por unanimidad el reconocimiento del genocidio a los Armenios por parte de los turcos. Todo acto inhumano y crimen contra la humanidad, no solo comparado con el genocidio sufrido por nuestro Paraguay en la guerra de la Triple Alianza, sino tambien de los judios y otros genocidios de los Nazis, de los indios en Nord-y Sudamérica, actualmente en algunas regiones de paises Sudamericanos, el pueblo Palestino con la sola defensa de piedras en la manos de sus adolescente contra los tanques blindados del ejercito israelí y toda la historia sangrienta de la humanidad, deberían ser denunciados con
    la conciencia libre, justa, honesta , sin temores ninguno y honrar la naturaleza que es propia del género humano.
    Por esta razón, Gracias a los Senadores que han demostrado entereza y soberanía!