Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's condolences addressed to the Armenians, who died during the events of 1915, should not be regarded as a weakness, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with Turkish television channel NTV.
Davutoglu said that it is "not a weakness, but an indication of high culture". He added that every nation has a memory, but it does not mean that the events of 1915 should be used for political purposes.
The Turkish FM added that Turkey does not expect condolences from Armenia regarding the murders of Turkish diplomats by the Armenian Asala terrorist organization.
Earlier, Turkey's Cabinet of Ministers has spread a message in connection with the events of 1915.
The message said that it is important not to be captive of historical events and that it is necessary to create a foundation for building a common future.
It was also noted that the period of 1915 was a difficult time not only for Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country.
"Nevertheless, it is impossible to use the events of 1915 as a tool of political pressure on Turkey," the message of Turkish government said.
The message said Turkey supports the creation of a joint historical commission to investigate the events of 1915 and expresses condolences to the families of those killed in the events of 1915, including the Armenians.
The message highlights that the events of 1915 are common grief.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called genocide in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.I.
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