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Turkey: Parliament condemns US motion on 1915 events

By Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s parliament on Friday hit back at the U.S. Senate over a resolution on the Armenian allegations concerning events in 1915.

"As the Turkish Grand National Assembly, we strongly condemn and reject the U.S. Senate-approved decision on the so-called Armenian genocide which distorts historical facts and flouts the fundamental rules of international law," said a joint declaration by parliament.

"The decision, which lacks any legal value … is part of a dirty game," said the declaration.

Parliament called on historians to accurately inform the public about the events in question, adding that Turkey has opened up its rich archives for all researchers, including Armenians.

"The decision of the U.S. Senate is null and void in terms of history and law as well as our esteemed nation and the global community,” it added.

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 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

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Alaturka Gazetesi

Azerbaijan slams US resolution on Armenian claims

By Burak Dag

ANKARA (AA) – Azerbaijan threw its support behind Turkey on Friday, criticizing a U.S. resolution that formally recognized Armenian claims of 1915 events.

Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry called the resolution passed by the Senate on Thursday "biased," saying it lacked legal basis.

"The adoption of the resolution … is an attempt to falsification of historical facts and its use as a means of political pressure," Leyla Abdullayeva, the ministry's spokeswoman, said in a statement.

She said the resolution "serves only the dirty purposes of the Armenian lobby circles."

Abdullayeva accused the U.S. Senate of remaining silent on "bloody ethnic cleansing of more than one million Azerbaijanis in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan" while giving political assessments on the 1915 events.

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 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

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Turkey summons envoy over US move on Armenian claims

By Nazli Yuzbasioglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey on Friday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Ankara over a U.S. congressional resolution on the Armenian claims concerning 1915, diplomatic sources said.

Speaking to David Satterfield, Sedat Onal, deputy foreign minister, voiced Turkey's strong criticism of the resolution, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Following a similar House move, the U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian claims on the events of 1915.

Turkey's position on the events 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 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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UPDATE – Turkey's ruling party slams US move on Armenian events

UPDATES WITH QUOTES OF TURKISH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER

By Sena Guler and Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey does not accept and strongly condemns the U.S. Senate resolution on Armenian events that "poisons the climate of Turkish-American relations," the ruling party spokesman said Friday.

“We do not accept by any means and strongly condemn the U.S. Senate resolution which is based on false claims on the events that took place in 1915 in the Ottoman state, and which poisons the climate of Turkish-American relations,” Omer Celik, the Justice and Development (AK) Party spokesman, said in a tweet.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Thursday a resolution recognizing Armenian claims of 1915 events.

Celik said the baseless resolution may please “the lobby of genocide industry” but it uses history as a means of the policy based on lies.

“It is of a nature that will prevent the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations,” he said, adding that it was an irresponsible move in terms of policy.

Celik noted that the resolution showed how “genocide economy” managed by fanatic Armenian interest groups is affecting the “American lobbying system” despite their national interests.

He also reminded Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer to open archives and let historians work together, and said the Armenian side is avoiding it.

Celik stressed that the U.S. move did not comply with the solidarity spirit of NATO alliance.

The U.S. Senate resolution on Armenian events is not a decision that could be taken seriously, Mustafa Sentop, Turkish parliament speaker also said on Friday.

"The U.S. issue is neither Armenians nor 1915 events. They are playing all their cards for taking up a position on the recent themes negotiated with Turkey," Sentop told the journalists in the parliament.

He called on the U.S. to consider its own history, and said: "Every single year of their history is full of shame."

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 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

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Alaturka Gazetesi

‘Turkey has never forgotten Greek atrocities’

By Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey has never forgotten the atrocities committed by Greece against Turks, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said Friday.

“Greece systematically annihilated Turks and Muslims in the region during and after the period of independence from the Ottoman Empire,” Aksoy said regarding a statement made by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during his recent visit to Armenia.

“We witness that Greece continues to take side with the hostile circles against Turkey and support their baseless stance and allegations,” Aksoy said.

“We believe that favoring friendship and good neighborliness is the only way to promote peace, stability and welfare in our region.

“Even today, Greece continues its inhumane practices against its Turkish minorities, taking it as far as to punish Muftis with imprisonment for performing a Friday prayer,” he added.

Aksoy said that although Turkey is taking lessons of peace and fraternity rather than hostility from history, it is also “well aware of the said historical realities.”

He said Turkey’s position regarding the events of 1915 during the Ottoman Empire was clearly put forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his statement on April 23, 2014 while serving as prime minister, so no further explanation is needed on the matter.

Turkey's position on the events 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 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

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Alaturka

Turkey rejects Portuguese statement on events of 1915

By Faruk Zorlu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected the Portuguese Parliament's statement on the events of 1915.

In a written statement, the ministry said: “We reject the statement of the Portuguese Parliament on April 26 over the events of 1915.

“Such approaches which politicize history and disregard international law and European law can never be accepted, ” it said.

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 events of 1915 as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties. Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to tackle the issue.

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Kültür Sanat

Documentary series to shed light on events of 1915

By Yasemin Kalyoncuoglu

ANKARA (AA) – A recently filmed documentary series reveals the false propaganda of the Armenian diaspora about the events of 1915 during the Ottoman era, a senior Turkish historian said Thursday.

We have prepared a fact-based documentary series which summarizes the subject very well, ” Refik Turan, head of Turkish Historical Society, said on the seven-part documentary titled “The Armenian Revolt “.

Turan underlined that the series would shed light on the issue of 1915 and reveals that the Armenian diaspora’s use of “fake and distorted documents ” over the last century in its fallacious propaganda activities.

“The documentary series details the formation of separatist Armenian organizations and their transformation into internal security problems in the Ottoman [Empire] through the support of various international actors, ” he said.

Citing recent decisions by a number of countries including France, Italy and the Netherlands recognizing and commemorating the events in question as a so-called “genocide “, Turan stressed that international attention was increasing on the issue which was of great pertinence to Turkey.

The series will be broadcast in English, German, French and Spanish.

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 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to tackle the issue.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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Alaturka

'1915 events must be investigated without prejudice'

By Jeyhun Aliyev</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – The events of 1915 must be read and investigated without prejudice, Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday. </p> <p>“Those who want to learn the before and the after of the 1915 events, and the common pain of us should pay attention to this call,” Kalin wrote on Twitter, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call on anyone with an ultimate aim of finding the truth over the tragedy.</p> <p>Kalin also quoted Erdogan as saying in his tweet: &quot;The doors of our archives are fully open to everyone whose aim is to find the truth. We have no secrets.&quot;</p> <p>Erdogan’s remarks came during a symposium on archives and historical research in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.</p> <p>“It should be read and investigated without judging beforehand,” Kalin urged.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as &quot;genocide&quot; but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.</p> <p>Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to tackle the issue.

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UPDATE – Turkey rebuffs Trump's statement on 1915 events

UPDATE WITH DETAILS OF FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT, EDITS THROUGHOUT

By Jeyhun Aliyev

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey Wednesday slammed the U.S. President Donald Trump over his statement on the 1915 events between Turkey and Armenia.

“We reject U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement dated 24 April 2019 with regards to the events of 1915, ” the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

“The statement, based on the subjective narrative fictionalized by Armenians, is of no worth, ” the ministry said.

“Distortion of history for domestic political considerations can never be accepted, ” the statement read.

The ministry also called upon Trump to be fair by reminding “the pains of more than 500,000 Muslims slaughtered by Armenian rebels ” during the same period.

The statement reiterated that Ankara still stands behind its proposal to establish a Joint History Commission — a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia, as well as international experts — to shed light on all aspects of the events that took place 104 years ago.

“Radical Armenians, who want to ensure [that] their responsibilities in the events of 1915 are overlooked, do not show the courage to respond positively to this proposal, ” it added.

The ministry remembered Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all other Ottoman communities who lost their lives during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire with respect.

On Wednesday, Trump issued an annual commemoration of the 1915 events, again using the Armenian term “Meds Yeghern “, or “Great Crime ” to describe the tragedy.

Previous U.S. presidents have refrained from calling the deaths of Armenians “genocide, ” but former President Barack Obama adopted the Armenian phrase “Meds Yeghern “, or “Great Crime “, to describe the tragedy, a practice repeated by Trump.

“We welcome the efforts of Armenians and Turks to acknowledge and reckon with their painful history, ” Trump said. “And we stand with the Armenian people in recalling the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern and reaffirm our commitment to a more peaceful world. “

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 these incidents as “genocide, ” describing them as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

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Alaturka

Turkey rebuffs Trump's statement on 1915 events

By Jeyhun Aliyev</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey Wednesday slammed the U.S. President Donald Trump over his statement on the 1915 events between Turkey and Armenia.</p> <p>&quot;We reject U.S. President Trump's statement on the 1915 events dated on April 24 2019,&quot; the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.</p> <p>The statement, based on the &quot;subjective narrative&quot; of the Armenians, is null and void, the ministry said.</p> <p>&quot;Distortion of history by internal political opinions is never acceptable,&quot; the statement read.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Trump issued an annual commemoration of the 1915 events, again using the Armenian term “Meds Yeghern&quot; to describe the tragedy.</p> <p>Successive U.S. presidents have refrained from calling the deaths of Armenians &quot;genocide,&quot; but former President Barack Obama adopted the Armenian phrase &quot;Meds Yeghern&quot;, or &quot;Great Crime&quot;, to describe the tragedy, a practice repeated by Trump.</p> <p>&quot;We welcome the efforts of Armenians and Turks to acknowledge and reckon with their painful history,&quot; Trump said. &quot;And we stand with the Armenian people in recalling the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern and reaffirm our commitment to a more peaceful world.&quot;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Turkey objects to the presentation of these incidents as &quot;genocide,&quot; describing them as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.</p> <p>Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia as well as international experts to tackle the issue.