Turkish PM: My words about expulsion of Armenians distorted
The statement of the Turkish prime minister regarding the expulsion of 100, 000 Armenians illegally living in Turkey have been distorted by the Turkish press, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by the CNN Turk.
"My words about the deportation of illegal Armenian were distorted and were perceived as the deportation of Armenians from Turkey, even those who have Turkish nationality," Erdogan said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Unfortunately, the news was spread without regard that I was referring to Armenians illegally living in the country and not all Armenians in Turkey."
Erdogan asked Turkish journalists to defend the interests of their country.
He also raised the question of the Armenian-Turkish relations, saying that the recent debates on the so-called Armenian genocide in the parliaments of several countries has an enormous impact on the normalization of the Yerevan-Ankara relations, adding that Turkey will not suffer from it.
"History should not be discussed in parliament," Erdogan said.