Turkey ‘Blacklists’ Lawmakers for View on Genocide

ROME–The Armenian Embassy in Rome reported that all Italian newspapers on March 28 published the Turkish Interior Ministry’s 55 "blacklisted" European individuals–including members of the Italian parliament who support the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The list–first published in the Turkish Sabah newspaper–includes eight Italians–five of whom are Italian Parliament members Ramon Mandovani–Walter De Cezaris–Marco Pezoni–Paolo Cento–Giovanni Bianci–and others.

According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa–the blacklist is the first reaction by Turkey in light of Italy’s steps toward recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

"The publication of the ‘blacklist’ came at a very unique time in Italy-Turkey relations," La Stampa reported. "A few weeks earlier the Political Council of Rome voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide committed by the Turks in 1915.

None of the city council members hid their intentions to pursue the Genocide recognition within the Italian parliament.

Ankara has warned the Italian foreign minister for its reported support for a Genocide recognition–and has been told that such a resolution could prove to have severe consequences for Italy.

Of the five blacklisted members of parliament–four have signed measures in recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

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