News ID: 210462
Published: 0327 GMT February 23, 2018

Turkey summons Dutch diplomat over Armenian ‘genocide’ decision

Turkey summons Dutch diplomat over Armenian ‘genocide’ decision

Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d‘affaires on Friday to complain about the Netherlands Parliament recognizing the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as genocide, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, according to Reuters.

The parliamentary motion, which the Dutch government said would not become official policy, risks further worsening relations already strained over the Netherlands barring Turkish ministers from campaigning for a 2017 referendum that gave President Tayyip Erdogan more power.

A second motion called for a high-level Dutch government official to attend Armenia’s genocide remembrance day on April 24. In the past, the Dutch ambassador has attended.

Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War I, but contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the Dutch motions were “baseless decisions.” Nearly a dozen other EU countries have passed similar resolutions.

Talks to repair relations between the two countries have broken down and the Netherlands recalled its ambassador on February 5.

 

   
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