Davutoğlu warns EU parliament president over 1915 resolution

EU parliament president says to Turkish prime minister he understands Turkey’s concerns on 1915 resolution, EU Commission describes events as 'tragedy'

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The European Parliament President Martin Schulz Thursday called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and said to him he understands Turkey’ concerns on the 1915 resolution, according to Turkey’s Prime Minister’s office, one day after the Parliament adopted a resolution on the 1915 events.

According to the Turkish premiership announcement, Schulz told Davutoğlu he understands Turkey’s concerns on the case and he added that he didn’t attend the section Wednesday, while the resolution was being adopted.

The EU Parliament Wednesday called the 1915 events “genocide,” days after Pope Francis used the same term, drawing criticism from Turkey.

Ahmet Davutoğlu rejected the Parliament’s resolution and he warned Schulz about the “baseless” resolution that it could damage bilateral relations between his country and the European Union, and Turkey’s EU membership.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has avoided calling the 1915 events “genocide,” but described it as “tragedy.”

The European Commission is the executive body of the union, while the Parliament is the legislative. The Parliament is elected in every five years, however, the turnout at election has fallen consecutively at each election, less than 50 percent in the last election which was held in 2014.

European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic Thursday reiterated European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva’s statements on the issue.

Gergieva said she fully acknowledges the significance of the upcoming commemoration as well as the divergence of views over this tragedy.

"What happened a hundred years ago continues to be felt in this century and to negatively affect Armenian-Turkish relations," said Gergieva.

For the first time in Turkey’s history, then prime minister - now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered his condolences April 23, 2014, to the descendants of the Armenians who died during the events.

Erdoğan had also offered Armenia to establish a common commission of inquiry for 1915 events, calling for other countries to contribute the process if they have information on the case.
However, Armenian side has not answered Erdoğan’s call, but sought for international support for their claim.

Serj Sargsyan, the president of Armenia, sent a letter to president of the parliament in mid February of 2014 for the suspension of the protocols titled ‘The Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and The Development of Diplomatic Relations.’

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