ANKARA (Turkish Daily News)–The Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned on Friday a resolution unanimously adopted by the Chilean Senate, recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
"We condemn and reject the resolution in question that serves the distortion of history for political gains and see the decision of the Chilean Senate as an act casting shadow over the friendly relations between the two countries," said the ministry in a written statement. The Chilean Senate adopted the resolution on the alleged genocide on June 5. The Foreign Ministry conveyed Turkey’s uneasiness and strong reactions both in Ankara and Santiago.
In the statement, the ministry also said the Chilean resolution contained an incorrect content, which is just like the one adopted by a sub-committee of the United Nations on the prevention of discrimination and protection of minorities. The alleged Armenian genocide was recognized by the U.N. sub-committee in 1985.
"As is known, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon clarified such claims frequently voiced by Armenian circles in a speech dated April 30, 2007 and said the United Nations has not take a position so far on the 1915 events," it added.
Several parliamen’s, including those of France, Canada and Poland, have passed resolutions backing claims of the alleged genocide. There has been strong pressure from the Armenian diaspora worldwide for the U.S. Congress to recognize the allegations as well.