Turkish PM says Armenian genocide recognition is ‘European racism’

(AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday angrily condemned the European Parliament for adopting a resolution urging Turkey to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, saying it was a sign of growing “racism” in Europe.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Davutoglu said such statement ignored the suffering of Muslim Turks in World War I and risked inciting hatred towards other non-Christian religious groups.

The European Parliament on Wednesday agreed a resolution urging Turkey to use the centenary of the 1915 tragedy to “recognise the Armenian genocide” and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

“The European Parliament should not take decisions that would result in hatred toward a certain religion or ethnic group if it wants to contribute to peace,” said Davutoglu…

Davutoglu has taken from Erdogan, who has retreated to his presidential palace awaiting the June election he hopes will allow the ruling party to change the constitution and give him more power. So it now from Davutoglu that we hear endless rants about racism, Islamophobia and the evil West.

There is an excellent review of three books on the the subject at the Financial Times (you can read a few free without a subscription but must register) concluding it was indeed a genocide (although the word itself did not exist until 1943).