Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will never recognize the events of 1915 as the so-called Armenian genocide, the Turkish presidential administration said in an exclusive interview with Trend April 20.
"Therefore, Ankara does not attach any importance to the European Parliament's appeal to recognize the events of 1915 as the so-called Armenian genocide," the administration said.
The administration said that the European Parliament's appeal to Turkey is provocative.
"Turkey has repeatedly stated that it is ready to establish a joint commission to investigate the events of 1915, but the Armenian side ignores this proposal," the administration said.
"This testifies to the fact that there is no evidence that the so-called genocide was carried out against the Armenians in 1915," the administration added.
On Apr. 14, the European Parliament called on Turkey to recognize the events of 1915 as the "Armenian genocide".
While commenting on the European Parliament's actions, Volkan Bozkir, Turkey's minister for European Union affairs, said that this demand is groundless.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, committed the so-called genocide against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915.
While strengthening the propaganda of "genocide" in the world, Armenians achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.