Italy’s parliament abused history and the law to paint the events of 1915 as a “genocide,” Turkey’s parliament speaker said on Friday.
"The Italian House of Representatives has displaced international courts and tried to pass
Sentop also said France's decision to declare April 24 a day commemorating the events of 1915 was politically
“The French president's declaration also restricts the freedom of expression of its citizens by ignoring the European Court of Human Rights and the case law of the French Constitutional Court,”
“France should inform public about Algeria’s colonial era, the Rwanda massacre in which 800,000 people were killed in 100 days, and it should not manipulate the history of other countries for political reasons.”
During their struggle for independence from French colonial rule, some 1.5 million Algerians were martyred, while hundreds of thousands more were injured, went missing, or were forced from their homes.
Algeria has repeatedly asked France to acknowledge its colonial-era crimes.
France had supported Rwanda’s Hutu-led government, including arms and military training, which carried out a genocide against the country’s ethnic Tutsis. It also established a safe zone which allowed many possible war criminals to escape.
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.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.