Turkey on February 6 strongly condemned French President Emmanuel Macron’s declaration of April 24 as a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
“Allegations of a so-called Armenian genocide are political lies lacking any legal basis, contrary to historical facts. They are null and void for Turkey,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a statement.
He also said that Macron, cornered by political woes and months of protests, is trying to rescue himself by using historical events as political fodder.
Macron on Feb. 5 declared April 24 as the date France will commemorate the Armenian Genocide.
Macron said he informed Erdogan about the decision beforehand, adding that he wanted to keep an open dialogue with Turkey.
France officially recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001.