It seems that there is no end to the controversy on the massacre of the Armenians and indeed, just a few days after, the threatening tones of President Erdogan came again: “I could expel at least 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey”. Intimidation is not new to the Turkish leader who had already made similar threats in 2010.
A strong attack also came from premier of Ankara, Ahmet Davutoglu who has accused Pope Francis to have joined “an evil alliance” that has been set up against Turkey. The politician has also said that the words of Pope Bergoglio, who had said that the massacre of Armenians was the first genocide of the 20th century, not to be true.
Meanwhile, the Pope’s statements have also aroused the attention of the European Parliament, who approved the resolution recognising the Armenian genocide, and paid tribute to the victims, proposing the establishment of a European Day of Remembrance and deplores any attempt at historical revisionism. It has moreover approved an amendment that “praises the message of the Holy Father.” The EU position has irritated Turkey and in a message, the Foreign Ministry is said to have “rejected it saying” the motion,described as having”an unprecedented example of inconsistency in all its aspects”.
The United States too have sided up in defence of the Pope by pointing out that the massacre of a million Armenians is a “historical fact”. Shedding light on what happened in that historical period, explained the State Department spokesperson Marie Hart, would be in the interests of all, “of Turkey, Armenia and America. Nations, he added, are stronger and can move ahead recognising and coming to terms with painful episodes of their past history”.