ANKARA (AFP)–Turkey’s foreign ministry said that a reference by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the "Armenian genocide" as fact had hurt bilateral relations between the two countries.
"We are appalled by the prime minister’s commen’s–which give support to Armenia’s unfounded allegations of genocide," the ministry said in a statement.
The statement said Harper’s reference to the "Armenian allegations" as fact was serious–and that his position on the issue would "negatively affect ties between Turkey and Canada."
The Canadian head of government had on Friday praised commemorations of the Genocide.
He noted that the Canadian Senate had passed a resolution in 2002 recognizing the Armenian genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century–and the House of Commons had followed suit two years later.
"My party and I have applied those resolutions and continue to do so," the prime minister said in a statement.
The Turkish foreign ministry said the two resolutions had led to the "stagnation" of bilateral relations.
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet on Tuesday quoted a diplomat as saying the Canadian Prime Minister’s commen’s had led to Canadian companies being excluded from a forthcoming bid to build Turkey’s first nuclear plant.
Armenia’s in Canada marked the 91st anniversary of the Genocide on Sunday.