Turkey's FM calls for fair memory after Obama's 'great tragedy'

Davutoglu said that the statement of U.S. President Barack Obama about 1915 incidents was not right and acceptable.

Turkey's FM calls for fair memory after Obama's 'great tragedy'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday that the statement of U.S. President Barack Obama about 1915 incidents was not right and acceptable.

Obama described the incidents of 1915 as a "great tragedy" in a presidential statement he released on April 24. He said what happened in 1915 was "one of the worst atrocities" of the 20th century.

Davutoglu told A.A that Turkey was against judging the history with political motives. He added that the history could only be researched by historians, and such historical incidents should be discussed only by the countries which were directly related with the issue.

Davutoglu said that neither executive bodies nor parliaments could make such historical judgements, and this was unacceptable. He added that the efforts to perceive the history in a one-sided aspect caused an injustice.

Noting that he had called for fair memory the day when the protocols for the normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations were signed, Davutoglu said: ‘If we are going to share grief for humanitarian reasons, then we would expect respect for our own grief as well.’

Releasing a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry also said, "we deeply regret this statement which reflects an incorrect and one-sided political perception."


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