Turkey condemns Luxembourg over genocide bid, withdraws envoy

A protest against Turkey in Lebanon, where there is are a significant number of Armenians, many arriving during the killing

Turkish Ambassador to Luxembourg Levent Şahinkaya has been withdrawn over Luxembourg’s recognition of the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I as genocide.

Turkey has strongly condemned Luxembourg for recognizing the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I as genocide and has pulled back its ambassador in protest against the European country.

“We condemn and strongly refute the decision taken by the Luxembourgish parliament by distorting historical facts and law,” read a Foreign Ministry statement issued on May 7, a day after the Luxembourg parliament adopted the resolution. A number of countries, including Austria, the Vatican and Russia, have recently described the events of 1915 as genocide, on the centennial of the mass killings of Armenians…

But Turkey is even more petty than that. Environmentalists are not popular with the ruling AK Party in Ankara. Yet I came upon this today:

Turkey’s energy minister calls on environmentalists to march against outdated nuke plant in Armenia:

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has called on environmentalists in Turkey to march together against a nuclear power plant in Armenia near the Turkish border, the life of which has been extended by 10 years although its original closing date was set for next year.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 21st International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference in Istanbul on May 6, Yıldız said that if environmentalists in Turkey are “sincere” about the projects within the country, they should show the same sensitivity to the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia, which is 16 km away from the Turkish border and the province of Iğdır.

It is true that the plant is old and in an earthquake-prone area. It was built in the 1970s in the Soviet era.

Yet, because Turkey flatly refuses any commerce with Armenia, the landlocked country is very poor and restricted in what their options are.

Prior to the genocide, Armenians occupied a much larger area, especially in eastern Turkey (and no doubt that sealed their fate).

If Turkey was even semi-decent, they would admit the genocide and re-open trade relations. Armenia might then be capable of affording an alternative to the old nuke plant.

Just take a look at the control room to see how old it is:

111512_0Control room of the Metsamor nuclear power station.