Turkey has clear position on 1915 events – Foreign Ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey has a clear position on 1915 events, spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bilgic said.
He said it is inadmissible to present the 1915 events as "genocide" against Armenians and Turkey has repeatedly stated this, Anadolu agency reported.
Bilgic said that the statements made by the Turkish president and prime minister on Armenia are not of tactical nature, but are based on the principles of humanism.
Previously, Turkish authorities have repeatedly made gestures to Armenia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message to the Armenian people on April 24, 2014 is one of such gestures.
The message said that the events of 1915 were a difficult time not only for the Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country.
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. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.
While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
Although Turkey has repeatedly proposed to create an independent commission to investigate the events of 1915, Armenia continues to reject this proposal.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Jan.21 that the emphasis on the 1915 events hinders the normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan.
He said that Ankara hopes for the normalization of relations with Yerevan, however, Armenia should break down its stereotypes associated with the mentioned events.
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