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Turkey unhappy with France decision on Armenian Genocide
2019-04-11 18:41:53

Turkey has "strongly condemned" French President Emmanuel Macron's declaration of April 24 as day commemorating the Armenian Genocide.    

In a written statement on April 11, Turkey's Foreign Ministry warned that France's decision will inevitably damage relations with Turkey. 

Separately, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said “Macron is making populist rhetoric by trying to fulfill the promises he made to the Armenians in his election campaign."

French President Emmanuel Macron has signed a decree designating April 24 as the day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

 Turkey's Foreign Ministry also on April 11 strongly condemned the passing of a motion by Italy's parliament to recognize the Armenian Genocide. 

“The motion of the Italian House of Representatives dated April 10, 2019 is a new example of the use of Armenian claims as a tool for domestic political interest,” the ministry said in a statement.      

The proposal was voted on Wednesday and the motion was approved by 382 votes with none against and 43 abstentions.