Turkey slams European Parliament’s call to recognize ‘Armenian genocide’

Armenian children during WW I in Turkey. Source.

Turkish Foreign Ministry on March 14 slammed the human rights report adopted by the European Parliament, saying that the report lacked historical reality and legal basis.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgiç said in a written statement that the report interpreted the event with a one-sided approach and disregarded Turkey’s realistic and constructive initiatives relating to the matter.

The European Parliament adopted on March 12 the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2013.

Article 77 of the report called “ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on all the member states to legally acknowledge it, and encourages the member states and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition”…