Turkey Slates Argentina in Genocide Row, Cancels Visit

ANKARA (AFP)–Turkey slammed Argentina Friday over a new parliamentary document referring to the World War I killings of Armenia’s as genocide and canceled a visit to the country by a cabinet minister.
"The Argentine Senate has approved a new text supporting the baseless Armenian allegations…(which) we strongly condemn and fully reject," the foreign ministry said, without giving details about the document.
"Following the adoption of this resolution, the visit of State Minister Mehmet Aydin… was canceled," the statement said.
Aydin has been scheduled to travel to Buenos Aires from April 28 to 29 for a gathering of the U.N.-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations initiative, which aims to foster dialogue between Islamic and Western societies and is co-chaired by Spain and Turkey.
Argentina is among an array of countries that have recognized the mass killings of Armenia’s under the Ottoman Empire as genocide, much to Turkey’s ire.
Armenia Thursday marked the 93rd anniversary of the start of killings and its new president, Serzh Sarkisian, vowed to redouble efforts to have the massacres internationally recognized as genocide.


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