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UPDATE – Turkey lashes at US resolution on 1915 Armenian events

UPDATES WITH CONDEMNATION OF TURKEY'S PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN, REVISES HEADLINE

By Burak Bir and Gozde Bayar

ANKARA (AA) – The latest U.S. moves, the sanctions bill and the resolution recognizing Armenian claims of 1915 events, jeopardize the bilateral relations with Turkey, a top Turkish official said on Thursday.

"The sanctions bill that passed yesterday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Armenian resolution that passed today in the Senate endanger the future of our bilateral relationship," Fahrettin Altun, Turkish communications director, said on Twitter.

His remarks came after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Thursday a resolution that recognizes the so-called Armenian genocide.

The resolution asserted that "it is the policy" of the U.S. to commemorate the alleged genocide "through official recognition and remembrance."

Turkey informed the U.S. about the reasons and aims of its anti-terror operation in northern Syria, Altun recalled, and added that Turkey refuses to compromise its national security “as some US Congress members are uncomfortable.”

"Sanctions and threats will not deter us from protecting our national security interests," he stressed.

Altun hit back at the U.S. Senate resolutions as “irresponsible and irrational actions.”

"As we stated previously we expect our Armenian brothers to stand up and prevent the U.S. Congress to destroy any attempt to reconcile our differences through scientific and academic channels."

"History will note these resolutions as irresponsible and irrational actions by some members of the U.S. Congress against Turkey. They will go down in history as the responsible party for causing a long lasting damage between two nations," he said.

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey's presidential spokesman, also lashed out at the fresh U.S. resolution.

“This null and void decision will not affect Turkey’s righteous and resolute stance on political, military or economic areas,” Kalin 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 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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#BREAKING Turkish energy minister condemns US Senate resolution on 1915 Armenian events

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White House asks senator to block Armenia bill: report

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) – The White House asked Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer to block voting on a resolution that would have formally recognized the so-called Armenian genocide, the Axios news site reported Thursday.

Cramer said he does not think it is "the right time" to pass the resolution, Axios cited two sources familiar with the matter as saying.

The senator allegedly cited President Donald Trump's meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at this week’s NATO summit in London, saying the resolution could harm the Trump administration's diplomatic efforts.

This is the third time the White House has stepped in asking lawmakers to block the vote against Turkey.

Last month, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham objected to passing the resolution after Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez sought consent to pass it. Republican Sen. David Perdue was also asked to block the resolution.

On Oct. 29, the anniversary of the Turkish Republic, the House voted 405-11 in favor of the resolution to recognize alleged killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The resolution is not legally binding.

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 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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Azerbaijan: Armenia should fulfill int'l obligations

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – Armenia should fulfill its international obligations instead of wasting time with attempts to misguide the international community and its own people, Azerbaijan's top diplomat said on Sunday.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly at New York, Elmar Mammadyarov said that if Armenia gave up its "aggressive and hostile policy" in the region, it would overcome a serious political, economic and social burden.

"Rather than wasting time on attempts to mislead the international community and its own people,
Armenia must drop its lousy attempts to prolong the unsustainable status quo and faithfully
comply with its international obligations," said Mammadyarov.

Adding that there had been no progress in the resolution of the Upper Karabakh conflict since last year's general assembly meetings, he stressed that the unresolved conflict continued to undermine international and regional peace and security.

Upper Karabakh is internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan illegally occupied by Armenia through military aggression since 1991.

The Armenian occupation of the historical Azerbaijani lands led Turkey — which sides with Baku in the conflict — to close its frontier with Armenia.

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Pakistan opposes Armenian action on Upper Karabakh

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) – Pakistan on Monday opposed unilateral action by Armenia to change the status quo in the Upper Karabakh region, urging Yerevan to respect UN Security Council resolutions on the disputed region.

Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Contact Group meeting on Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Upper Karabakh dispute was "a threat to regional peace and stability", likening it to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict between Pakistan and India.

"Pakistan is against the action of Armenia to change geography, population, economic, social and cultural identity and institutional structure in Nagorno-Karabakh," Qureshi said, according to state-run Radio Pakistan.

Noting that the conflict that erupted in 1994 has displaced one million people, Qureshi urged Armenia to respect Azerbaijan's integrity and sovereignty and withdraw its forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territory of Upper Karabakh, in line with previous UN Security Council resolutions.

During the meeting which was held at the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Qureshi called on the world to resolve the simmering dispute and ensure repatriation of displaced people.

Upper Karabakh is the internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan illegally occupied by Armenia through military aggression since 1991.

The Armenian occupation of the historical Azerbaijani lands led Turkey — which sides with Baku in the conflict — to close its frontier with Armenia.

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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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Demonstrations held in Washington to mark 1915 events

By Servet Gunerigok </p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – A group of Turks and Armenians held demonstrations Wednesday in front of the Turkish embassy’s residence in Washington to mark the 104th anniversary of the events of 1915. </p> <p>Turkish Americans waved Turkish flags and displayed posters reading &quot;We remember victims of Armenian terror&quot;, &quot;Armenia, open your achieves! What are you hiding?&quot; and &quot;Stop Armenian aggression on Azerbaijan&quot; while Armenians held banners and chanted against Turkey over the so-called &quot;Armenian genocide&quot;. </p> <p>During the demonstrations, which ended without incident under intense security, D.C. metropolitan police and secret service officers had to warn some demonstrators to stay in the designated areas. </p> <p>&quot;Terrorist Yerevan, stop lying Armenia,&quot; chanted demonstrators against their rival counterparts, accompanied by Turkish songs. </p> <p>Also, names of Turkish diplomats assassinated by Armenian terrorists across the world were read out. </p> <p>Later, the demonstrators sang the Turkish national anthem. </p> <p>Cihangir Aktas, a Turkish student from Boston, came to Washington to join the demonstration. He said he was against Armenia’s lies.</p> <p> “I am here for solidarity with people,” he told Anadolu Agency. </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. </p> <p>

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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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Trump again describes 1915 events as 'Meds Yeghern'

By Michael Hernandez</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – U.S. President Donald Trump issued an annual commemoration of the 1915 events Wednesday, again using the Armenian term “Meds Yeghern&quot; to describe the tragedy.</p> <p>&quot;On this day of remembrance, we again join the Armenian community in America and around the world in mourning the many lives lost,&quot; he said in a statement. &quot;As we honor the memory of those who suffered, we also draw inspiration from the courage and resiliency of the Armenian people who, in the face of tremendous adversity, built vibrant communities around the world, including in the United States.&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 aw international experts to tackle the issue.</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;