Turkey: French declaration on 1915 events null and void
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
“Allegations of a so-called Armenian genocide are political lies lacking any legal basis, contrary to historical facts. They are null and void for Turkey,” Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın said in a statement.
“Those who ignore Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call in 2005 to establish a joint historical commission to shed light on historical realities are trying to manipulate historical events,” Kalın added.
He also said that Macron, cornered by political woes and months of protests, is trying to rescue himself by using historical events as political fodder.
France officially recognized the killings as genocide in 2001.
Turkey accepts many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but says the figures are inaccurate and denies the killings were systematically orchestrated. It rejects to use the term “genocide” and says many Muslim Turks were also killed at that time.
But Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people were killed during World War I as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, with almost 30 countries to date having recognized the killings as “genocide.”