Armenians in Turkey urge West not use them for political purposes
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.20
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Armenians in Turkey urge the West not to use them for political purposes, Anadolu agency reported Apr.20.
Appealing to Vatican and the European Parliament, Armenians in Turkey called on them to pay attention to the settlement of the Syrian and Iraqi crises instead of focusing on 1915 events, according to the report.
At the beginning of the Mass, dedicated to the centennial of the so-called Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said on April 12 that in the XX century, mankind experienced three "big unprecedented tragedies" - the so-called Armenian genocide, Nazism and Stalinism. The Pontiff described the tortures endured at the beginning of the last century by Armenians, Syrian Catholics and Orthodox, Assyrians and Greeks, as "the first genocide of the twentieth century."
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Apr.15 calling on Turkey to recognize 1915 events as "Armenian genocide".
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 "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
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