Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has strongly criticized US President’s statement on Armenian Genocide, calling on Washington “not to distort historical facts for internal political gains.”
“We reject the statement by U.S. President Trump on the 1915 incidents on April 24, 2019. Based on the subjective narrative fictionalized by the Armenians, this statement has no value at all. The distortion of history for political objectives is unacceptable,” read a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the country remains to be behind its proposal for the establishment of a joint history commission “for the full investigation of the incidents of 104 years ago.”
n an annual April 24th message Trump said “today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor the memory of those who suffered in one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.”
“Beginning in 1915, one-and-a-half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire,” read Trump’s statement.
“On this day of remembrance, we again join the Armenian community in America and around the world in mourning the many lives lost,” Trump said in the message.
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) blamed Donald Trump for the failure to properly condemn as ‘genocide’ the Ottoman Turkish government’s annihilation of millions of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and other Christians in his annual April 24th commemorative statement.
“This is a cut-and-paste policy, set in Ankara by Turkish dictators and enforced in Washington by American presidents,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Suren Hamparian.