Turkey Slams Czech Resolution on Armenian Genocide

Czech Parliament session in Prague, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Czech Parliament session in Prague, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Czech Parliament session in Prague, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

ANKARA, Turkey (ArmRadio)—The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on April 26 condemning and rejecting “in strongest” terms the resolution adopted by the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic on Armenian Genocide and other crimes against humanity.

“We are also disappointed by President Zeman’s letter of 24 April 2017 addressed to the Armenian diaspora in his country with regard to the events of 1915, as it includes serious inconsistencies,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“President Zeman, while stating in his letter that history should not be interpreted by politicians, and exposing the fact that politicians abuse history for their political interests, and that the past should first and foremost be analyzed and interpreted by historians; contradicts his own words as he makes political assessments with regard to the events of 1915,” the statement read.

The resolution in part states that “The Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic condemns the crimes against humanity committed against the Jews, Roma and Slavs in the territories conquered by the Nazis during the Second World War; condemns the Armenian Genocide and genocides of other ethnic and religious minorities which took place within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, as well as genocidal acts committed in other parts of the globe,” and calls on the international community to end human rights violations and peacefully resolve issues.

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