Turkish opposition slams French move on events of 1915
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey's main opposition on April 12 criticized France's declaration of April 24 as a day commemorating the 1915events between Turkey and Armenia.
Declaring April 24 a memorial day is not helpful or acceptable, said KemalKılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP).
"Solving the problems between Armenia and Turkey is possible through dialogue between them, not through the intervention of a third country crossing the line," he said on Twitter.
Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.
Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the 1915events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.