Turkey condemns US President Joe Biden’s assertion, says it opens ‘a wound that’s arduous to repair in our relationships’.
Turkey’s overseas ministry has summoned the US ambassador in Ankara to protest the choice by US President Joe Biden to mark the deportation and killing of Armenians through the Ottoman Empire as “genocide”.
Deputy Overseas Minister Sedat Onal met with David Satterfield on Saturday to specific Ankara’s robust condemnation.
“The assertion doesn’t have authorized floor by way of worldwide legislation and has harm the Turkish folks, opening a wound that’s arduous to repair in our relationships,” the ministry stated.
On Saturday, Biden adopted by way of on a marketing campaign pledge to recognise the occasions that started in 1915 and killed an estimated 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians as genocide.
The assertion was fastidiously crafted to say the deportations, massacres and demise marches occurred within the Ottoman Empire.
“We see that ache. We affirm the historical past. We do that to not solid blame however to make sure that what occurred isn’t repeated,” it stated.
The White Home proclamation instantly prompted statements of condemnation from Turkish officers, though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is but to handle the problem.
“The character of the occasions of 1915 doesn’t change in line with the present political motives of the politicians or home political issues. Such an perspective serves solely a vulgar distortion of historical past,” Turkey’s overseas ministry stated on Saturday.
Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu additionally tweeted: “We have now nothing to be taught from anyone on our personal previous.”
Turkey rejects using the phrase, saying each Turks and Armenians have been killed within the World Battle I-era preventing, and has known as for a joint historical past fee to research.
For years, American presidents have averted utilizing “genocide” to explain what Armenians name Meds Yeghern, or the Nice Crime.
“Phrases can not change or rewrite historical past.”
We have now nothing to be taught from anyone on our personal previous. Political opportunism is the best betrayal to peace and justice.
We solely reject this assertion primarily based solely on populism.#1915Events
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) April 24, 2021
The announcement comes as Turkish-American relations have turn into more and more strained. The US has sanctioned Turkish defence officers and kicked Turkey out of a fighter jet programme after the NATO member purchased the Russian-made S400 missile defence system.
Ankara is pissed off by Washington’s help of Syrian Kurdish fighters linked to a Kurdish armed group that has fought in opposition to the Turkish state for many years. Turkey has additionally demanded the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric accused of orchestrating a bloody coup try in opposition to Erdogan’s authorities in 2016. Gulen lives within the US and denies involvement.
Erdogan and Biden spoke on the cellphone Friday for the primary time for the reason that US election.
Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman to the president, tweeted Sunday: “President Erdogan opened Turkey’s nationwide archives & known as for a joint historic committee to research the occasions of 1915, to which Armenia by no means responded. It’s a pity @POTUS has ignored, amongst others, this easy truth and brought an irresponsible and unprincipled place.”