Turkey spares no effort to prevent adoption of resolutions regarding its history

Turkey spares no effort to prevent adoption of resolutions regarding its history

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has replied to Turkish CHP parliamentarian Canan Aritman’s inquiry about the measures Turkish authorities had taken to prevent the screening of Aghet documentary by one of German TV channels on April 9, 2010, Milliyet daily reported.

Davutoglu said Turkish authorities regularly informed diplomatic outposts in Germany about anti-Turkish events to be held.

On April 13, 2010, German Ambassador to Ankara Eckart Kuntz was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was told that “Turkey expects Germany to put an end to events which can have negative consequences.”

Davutoglu said “Turkey spares no effort to prevent adoption of resolutions containing groundless claims regarding its history.”

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The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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