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Saturday, April 25, 2015

'Angry Man of Europe' Turkey: "Russia knows genocide well, we won't forgive Germany and France"

'Angry Man of Europe' Turkey: "Russia knows genocide well, we won't forgive Germany and France" (HD).

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan Friday has called on Vladimir Putin to condemn killings in Syria after Vladimir Putin described the 1915 events as "genocide", Anadolu agency reported.

Putin used the word "genocide" to qualify what happened to Armenians during the First World War in a statement released on the Kremlin's website Thursday.

April 24, 1915, is a mournful date, related to one of the most horrendous and dramatic events in human history, the genocide of the Armenian people,” Putin said in a letter called "World Without Genocide."

"Hundreds of thousands of people were killed in Syria. I wish Putin could have made a statement about it and condemned (Bashar Al-) Assad and shared these pains," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said Friday in response to Putin’s statement.

Davutoglu also reacted to Putin's statement. "Any position that disturbs and insults our history, abuses our trust," he said on Friday.

Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a "genocide."

"Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europe committed by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against Turkish and Muslim people in Russia’s own history, we consider that Russia is best-suited to know what exactly “genocide” and its legal dimension are," a foreign ministry statement said.

Turkey also condemned Duma's April 24 resolution that described the 1915 events as "genocide."

"The only thing that Russia can do in this issue is to leave its biased attitude aside and encourage Armenia and the Armenians to respond positively to the calls of Turkey for peace and friendship," the statement added.


Turkey condemned France's "unjust and partial attitude" to the deaths of Armenians in 1915 late on April 24. "French President Francois Hollande participated, as he had announced long time ago, at the ceremony held in Yerevan on 24 April, 2015, which instead of being a commemoration for the losses incurred in the past, turned out to be an occasion to slander Turkish identity, history and society," the Foreign Ministry said in a separate statement.

The statement added that Hollande had "regrettably reiterated his support to the Armenian nationalist narrative."

Russian President Vladimir Putin also attended the events in the Armenian capital held to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 incidents, which heard Hollande urge Turkey to end its refusal to recognize the deaths as "genocide."

"It would have been expected from President Hollande that during these ceremonies he would acknowledge that, regardless of religion or ethnicity, all Ottoman citizens endured tragic sufferings during the process of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire," the statement added.

"Such an approach, which does not discriminate between the sufferings of those who belong to different religions, would have undoubtedly been seen as a positive and embracing attitude by the 600,000 Turks living in France."

France "unfortunately preferred to continue its discriminatory approach and Turkey unequivocally rejects and condemns France's unjust and partial attitude."


The ministry also criticized German President Joachim Gauck on April 24 after he referred to the 1915 incidents as "genocide."

The response from the ministry came one a day after Gauck referred to the tragedy of a century ago as a "genocide" in remarks he made at a memorial service at the historical Berlin Cathedral.

The ministry said in a statement his comments were "baseless allegations directed towards Turkish identity, history and society."

It added: "Contrary to law and historical facts, President Gauck has not the right to attribute on the Turkish people a crime which they have not committed."

"It is expected from the authorities who represent social unity, integrity and harmony, to take the sensitivities of all the members of the society into consideration and express a more embracing approach," it read.

The statement went on: "In this sense, it is astonishing that President Gauck has also disregarded the opinions of hundreds of thousands of Turkish-German citizens whom he also represents."

It sait the “Turkish nation will not forget and forgive President Gauck's statements." Read the full story here.

1 comment:

  1. 2.5 million Ottoman Muslim Turks,Checen,Gaugaz,etc killed and died same time.
    My grandfather forced to immigration from balkans, died a lot of his neighbor,he talked ...
    sorry but history don't write one side, you have to learn our side..


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