EU parliament urges Turkey to recognise ‘Armenian genocide’ as Turkish PM says pope joined ‘evil front’ against Turkey

Brussels (AFP) – The European Parliament on Wednesday urged Turkey to use the centenary of Ottoman-era massacres to “recognise the Armenian genocide” and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

The parliament voted “by a wide majority,” according to the session chair, in favour of the resolution as tension grows over the characterisation of the tragedy ahead of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 killings of Armenians during World War I…

ISTANBUL (AP) — Adding to angry comments about the Pope Francis’ description of the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey’s prime minister said Wednesday that the pontiff has joined “an evil front” plotting against Turkey.

Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments at an event in Ankara outlining the ruling party’s platform for June parliamentary elections and presenting its candidates. He called the pope’s description of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century” unjust. Turkey responded to the pope’s words Sunday by recalling its ambassador to the Vatican.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as genocide…

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