Ankara Calls Macron ‘Arrogant,’ ‘Uninformed’

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the CCAF annual gala on Feb, 5 in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the CCAF annual gala on Feb, 5 in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the CCAF annual gala on Feb, 5 in Paris

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Turkey’s foreign ministry issued a statement calling President Emmanuel Macron of France “arrogant” and “uninformed,” in response to the French leader’s announcement on Tuesday that April 24 will be designated as a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in France.

“There are no lessons to be learned by us from arrogant French politicians, devoid of basic knowledge of history, representing a country known to us by its atrocities,” said the Turkish foreign ministry announcement targeting Macron.

“We have explained to French officials, on several occasions at every level and notably to the French President, that the events of 1915 constitute a legitimate subject of legal, historical and academic debate,” added the announcement.

“Nevertheless, it is understood that the French President Macron seeks to fulfill his election promise in the hope of receiving the votes of French electorate of Armenian origin,” continued the announcement.

“It is regrettable that a politician, uninformed in Ottoman history, ignores the French and European jurisprudence and takes a one-sided position with regard to a historical issue of highly sensitive nature for Turks for the sake of his personal political gains,” asserted Turkey’s foreign ministry, which, once again, called for the formation of a historical commission to “shed light” on history.

In response to a question about whether Ankara reacted to Macron’s announcement, France’s foreign ministry said that official Paris has “had several opportunities to exchange views with the Turkish authorities on this issue. They have been informed of our positions just as we have been informed of theirs.”

“In establishing this day of commemoration, the President is fulfilling his well-known pledge to honor French citizens of Armenian descent,” explained the French foreign ministry.

Macron made the announcement on Tuesday evening during a gala banquet organized by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF), adding that plans were underway to declare April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

He also clarified that prior to making the announcement he had contacted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to inform of him of his intentions.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin “strongly condemned” Macron’s statement about the Armenian Genocide, reported the Anadolu news agency.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Macron. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia also thanked Macron for the designation.

“I salute the statement of Emmanuel Macron. Powerful manifestation and act of solidarity, determination to protect human rights and prevent mass atrocities,” Pashinyan wrote on Twitter.

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  1. State of Emergency said:

    “….representing a country known to us by its atrocities,” said the Turkish foreign ministry announcement targeting Macron.”

    Therein lies the problem. Deflect and blame the other party. The issue at hand is not about what France has done or not done, rather the discussion is about Turkey itself. If Turkey wants to argue about France’s past deeds, then they’re free to do so at anytime and at any place. But to answer a question with another question just goes to demonstrate the extend of Turkey’s insecurity. A cornered cat will always lunge for the eyes no matter how powerful the foe.

    • Edward Demiraiakian said:

      Bark, bark, bark…. The dogs keep barking at the moon every night. The Turkified Armenians keep barking the same old dnials. “It didn’t happen but they had it coming”. I am confident of history’s march forward and Armenian recovery. All it takes is the US to act upon its “League of Nations Mandate for Armenia”, and we can overnight have a Wilsonian Western Armenia. Dreaming? Remember the “Nerkaght” movement? Stalin instigated that plan intending to take western Armenia from Turkey and divide it up between it and Georgia. That plan fell through, and 40,000 Armenians went to Siberia instead. So the point is that one can expect the unexpected in politics. After all, what odds that Armenia, be it small, would revive after a thousand years? Sooner or later, Turkey will expand beyond its britches, and the west and other powers may decide to breake Turkey up into 20 diferent countries, ethnic based and ineffective.

  2. Jacque said:

    I think we should have an on line page of thanks and gratitude to be signed by Armenians all over the world
    and sent to all leaders, who honor and commemorate the Genocide.
    To show Turkey and the world that we’re are here and watching.
    How come the Armenian diaspora doesn’t have its own presence on the web?

  3. Raffi said:

    To President Erdogan: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WILL NOT AND CAN NOT GO AWAY.,

  4. Ararat said:

    It is the Turkish arrogance and hypocrisy that knows no bounds. Apparently, according to genocidal Turkish leadership, they know everyone else’s history but no one knows their history except they themselves. Unable to defend themselves, and as always, they try to bury the message by denigrating the messenger. The only thing they know very well is that they stand to lose so much, not to mention be labeled as criminal state that committed genocide against native Armenians and others, that they will go to the ends of the Earth to lie and deny a historical fact that within a few years’ time put an end to thousands of years of Armenian existence in their ancestral homeland under centuries of Turkish occupation.

    For years these former Central Asian mass murdering and cunning terrorist nomads, hiding behind the NATO shield and their geo-political importance to the west, vehemently denied that any killings ever took place until they could not anymore and then they started to try to spin the facts by turning their Armenian victims, men women and children, into rebels and enemy combatants when blaming their preplanned murder on exposure to deadly diseases no longer seemed to work. One lie after another until they ran out of them all. They soon learned that it is much easier to water down the facts and play the blame game than to invent one lie after another which requires even more lies to defend.

    The proposal by these Turkish hyenas to form a committee of historians to “study” the genocide is a big farce. For one, it is a deliberate method to throw the worldwide Armenian Genocide recognition off-course by giving the international community the illusion that they are being conciliatory. Nothing can be farther from the truth. How is it that they went from denying these murders ever occurred to now suggesting that such a committee be formed to study the genocide and why now? Well, because they spent the last decade or so getting rid of all critical archival documents that would otherwise incriminate them. Furthermore, how can the double-talking opportunist Turkish leadership, the Islamo-fascist mullah Erdogan in particular who considers being compared to Armenians is denigrating, propose the formation of such a committee to look into this while at the same time never misses the opportunity to call the genocide a lie even before such a committee is formed? This is a trap just like the 2009 so-called “reconciliation protocols” was a trap and we saw that it indeed was a trap when the tricky Turks showed their face soon after.

    Plain and simple, the premeditated and state-sponsored 1915 Armenian Genocide was put into action under the cover of WWI to deny indigenous Armenians their freedom by permanently confiscating their ancient Western Armenian homeland and without the Armenians themselves!

  5. Serop said:

    I read a most interesting term created by an unknown Armenian on Youtube for the source of Turkish & azeri historical facts.
    I laiughed so much.
    The term coined to describe the ridiculous sources of historical inflrmation used by both Turkic nations is:
    ESSEGLOPEDIA , it is the most fitting term , its just hilarous and so effective

  6. Stepan martirosyan said:

    Bravo Macron! The only way to redpond to cheep , fake Erfogan thrrat is to tell him how about 500000 thousand turks in France or 6 mln turks in Germany? Should they be deported as well? But to 100000 armenians of Turkey I would say stop living as impotent , scared minority.Go to your Homeland – Armenia, take Garo Palyan with you, stop serving to our enemy- have pride! TO ALL OTHER ARMENIANS FROM ARMENIA AND ELSEWHERE SHAME ON YOU- READ SHAHAN NATALY – MEMORIZE HIS BOOK TURKS AND US.DONT EVER GO TO TURKEY AS TURISTS- ONLY DEMAND REPARATIONS AND OUR LAND BACK, HELP KURDS IN USA TO BREAK TURKEY IN PART- NEGOTIATE WITH KURDS TO GET OUR LAND IF THEY BECOME INDEPENDENT.THEY HAVE 30 MLN SOLDIERS AGAINST TURKS, WE NEED TO BRING TO ARMENIA PROSPERITY AND DEFEAT AZERY BASTARDS .ARTSAKH SHOULD JOIN TO ARMENIA AS CRIMEA TO RUSSIA OR AS KOSOVO TO BE ANDEPEMDENT COUNTRY.NO OTHER OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE- READ SHAHAN NATALY- TURKS AND US.ALL ARMENIANS AND OUR NEW HOPEFULLY CLEAN GOVERNMENT OFICIALS- NO FLIRTING WITH ENEMY- FIRGET ALL MADRID PRINCIPLES , TURKUSH- ARMENIAN PROTOCOLS .COME BACK TO ARMENIA AND INVEDT IN ARMENIA!

    • HERAYER said:

      ARMENIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE READY TO INVEST IN ARMENIA,NIKOL PASHINIAN SHOULD CREAT A GREAT APPORTUNITY AND INVIORNMENT AND INCENTIVES I BELIEVE THERE IS GREAT APPORTUNIIES IN ARMENIA WE HAVE A YOUNG EDUCATED INTELLIGENT PEOPLE THAT ARE READY TO LEAD THE COUNTRY FORWARD, IT IS VERY POSSIBLE WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP.AND TRANSPARENCY. ALSO ARMENIA NEEDS THE WORLD TO INVEST IN ARMENIA.IT MUST BE DONE FOR OUR BRIGHT NEXT WONDERFUL GENERATION .ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH HARD WORK AND LOVE OF COUNTRY.

  7. Masis said:

    We thank President Macron for his commitment to us and humanity.

    Erdogan is a bully. The way to deal with a bully is to punch him in the nose. His attack of Macron and intolerance of others’ views confirms that his DNA holds the animalistic behavior capable of conducting Genocide. The Turkish response about the flags at Armenian schools was also to go on the offense once you’ve committed a sin. Again, one who does that possesses genes that are prone to committing human atrocities.

  8. GARO YEGHICHIAN said:

    Mr. EMMANUAL MICRON THE TOP MAN OF JUSTICE.
    WISHING YOU SUXCESS FOR EVER.

  9. ANTRANIG said:

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT MACRON, TURKEY KNOWNS THAT THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WAS PREMEDITATED AND WELL ORGANIZED AND PLANNED BY THE TURKS TO EXTERMINATE THE ARMENIAN PEOPLE AS A WHOLE. TURKEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THE GENOCIDAL STAIN WILL NEVER NEVER GO AWAY UNTIL THEY STOP DENYING AND ADMIT TO THE TRUTH OF GENOCIDE.

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