Turkish diplomats urge France to investigate Armenian attack

Turkish diplomats call on French authorities to investigate Armenian attack in Lyon feast

Photo by: mfa.gov.tr
Photo by: mfa.gov.tr

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish diplomats have urged France to investigate the Armenian attack on a Turkish stand in Lyon Consul’s Feast, a senior Turkish diplomat has said.

Hilmi Ege Turemen, the Consul General of Turkey in Lyon, said on Tuesday Turkish diplomats complained to French authorities after members of an Armenian group, the Armenian Nor Seround Association, attacked on Saturday the Turkish stand at Consul’s Feast in Lyon.

“We call on French authorities to investigate the event and give the necessary penalty to those responsible,” Turemen said.

“It is unacceptable for a cultural event to be used for political propaganda,” he added.

The group came to the Turkish stand and harassed Turkish citizens and consular staff, Anadolu Agency quoted Turemen as saying.

Turkey and Armenia have clashing views over the 1915 events.

A portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire was relocated in 1915 during World War I, a conflict which claimed the lives of both Armenians and Turks.

The Ottoman Empire decided to relocate Armenian citizens in eastern Anatolia after they sided with the invading Russians and started to fight against the Empire.

Ankara opposes all arguments put forward by third parties which attempt to define the 1915 events as “genocide” in their parliaments.

Turkey says only an international commission constituted by historians of the late Ottoman era has a say on what actually happened during the mass deportation of the Ottoman Armenians who allied with Russia in the eastern front in 1915.

Turkey has made over 1 million documents accessible online and call for the other parties to open their archives to historians.

In April, Ankara opened its military archives in a bid to shed light on the 1915 events.

TRTWorld and agencies