Turkish opposition leader Bahceli slams France's Macron

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

<p>By Burcu Celik and Aybuke Inal</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – A Turkish opposition leader on Saturday slammed France for trying to pass judgement on the 1915 events between the Ottoman Empire and Armenians.</p> <p>&quot;French President Macron designating April 24 a day of commemoration through a presidential decree is a shameful disaster,&quot; said Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).</p> <p>&quot;If France is in the mood for commemoration, it might commemorate the victims in Africa it slaughtered or the blood it spilled here in Cukurova a century ago and then apologize to the Turkish nation,&quot; he added, referring to France's colonialist past and in the wake of World War II.</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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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> </p> <p>-Turkish, Israeli elections</p> <p>Speaking at a party gathering in the capital Ankara, Bahceli addressed Turkey’s recent local elections — including the undecided election in the metropolis of Istanbul — and Tuesday’s elections in Israel, resulting in another term for controversial leader Benjamin Netanyahu.</p> <p>&quot;Organized irregularities&quot; have been found in Istanbul’s Buyukcekmece and Maltepe districts, and they are &quot;impossible to hide,&quot; said Bahceli.</p> <p>&quot;If the results evolve in a way that hurts the public conscience, a repeat election in Istanbul will be considered as a solution,&quot; Bahceli said. </p> <p>Gains in 11 big cities by the main opposition People's Republican Party's (CHP) may be a Pyrrhic victory, he added. </p> <p>&quot;In places where the CHP took over the administration, the city council members are predominantly from the People's Alliance,&quot; he said, referring to the election partnership of the MHP and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. </p> <p>On the Israeli elections, Bahceli drew a gloomy picture for the Mideast.</p> <p>&quot;The elections in Israel and the position of Netanyahu is a sign that the dark scenarios for our region will grow even darker,&quot; he said.</p>