Turkey recalls Brazil ambassador over Armenian legislation

Turkey recalls its ambassador to Brazil for consultation, condemns latin American country for Armenian legislation calling 1915 events as ‘genocide’

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that its ambassador to Brazil was recalled for consultation after Brazilian Senate passed a legislation recognising Armenian claims over 1915 events as “genocide.”

The 1915 events took place during World War I, leaving many Armenians killed, as well as Turkish people. Armenians describe the events as “genocide” while Turkey says both Turks and Armenians were killed.

"We view the decision by the Brazilian Senate that distorts reality and overlooks the law as irresponsible and we condemn it," said the ministry in a statement.

The ministry said the decision has been taken by the influence of Armenian lobbies and it would not change the historical facts, reiterating the need of a joint commission formed by historians to reveal what had happened during the World War I.

Turkey believes that only an international commission constituted by historians of the late Ottoman era would be able to decide what actually happened during the mass deportation of Ottoman Armenians who allied with Russia in the eastern front in 1915.

For this purpose, Turkey made over 1 million documents accessible online and call for the other parties to open their archives to historians to study the issue.

Ankara also announced in April that it will make its military archives accessible for the sake of understanding the issue properly.

On April 23, 2014, then prime minister - now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 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.

Armenian side has not accepted Erdoğan’s call, but rather sought for international support for their claim, refusing the opportunity to reconcile relations with Turkey.

TRTWorld and agencies