The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to Pope Francis about his affirmations concerning the ‘slaughter’ of Armenians during the mass in Saint Peter on Sunday – 100th anniversary of the slaughter in 1915. “When politician and religious people talk about history, real facts never emerge,” said the Turkish Head of the state to local press during the Turkish Assembly of exporters. “I want to state it again, we can create a joint commission of historian and underlined that they are ready to open the archives. I want to warn the Pope, he should not make this mistake again, and I want to condemn him”. He also recalled the visit of the pope in turkey in 2014; Erdogan said he thought he was “poliotically different”.
“I will not let past events be distorted in a campaign against our country and our nation”. Armenian support the slaughter idea, whereas Turkey denies those murders, stating it was not an ethnic cleaning, that numbers are exaggerated, and that those who were killed between 1915 and 1916, are numbered among the victims of World war I.
On Sunday and Monday, many Turkish ministries and politician and religious people expressed themselves against the pope. April 24th is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In Ankara, on the same day celebrates the triumph over Gallipoli.
The words of the pope were supported by the states, “the slaughter of half a million Armenian is a historical facts and has to be recognized” said Marie Harf, the spokesperson of the US, underlining that clarifying that historical period is in everyone’s interests, “from Turkey, to Armenia to America”. “Nations are stronger and can proceed acknowledging sorrowful facts of their past”, continued Harf and she added that it is very important to recognize the slaughter of the Armenian during WW I.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa