The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Wednesday that calls the 1915 events as “genocide,” days after Pope Francis used the same term, drawing criticism from Turkey’s top officials.
Despite Turkey’s goodwill on the issue, the EU Parliament’s decision plays politics with history, said Turkey’s European Union Minister Volkan Bozkır, in a statement released on Thursday.
The Parliament first time called the 1915 events as “genocide” in 1987, which makes the Wednesday’s decision a recall.
Stating that EU Parliament’s mission was not writing history but finding permanent solutions to the problems Europe faces, Bozkir said the resolution would be ignored by Turkey.
“We signed protocols with Armenia in 2009,” said Bozkir.
“However, these protocols were withdrawn from the Armenian Parliament before they were approved.”
On April 23, 2014, then prime minister - now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences to the descendants of the Armenians who died during the events. He 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.
Armenia has not accepted Erdogan’s call, but rallied for international support for its cause.
‘EU Parliament destroyed its credibility’
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister has also criticized the EU’s resolution, saying the Parliament destroyed its credibility.
Stating that serious matters could not be handled by talking irresponsible, the Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said the decision had no validity or effect.
“The EU Parliament should quit using meaningless rhetorical statements on history and take a stance on more current issues if it really has a power and vision."