Turkey Says Austrian Aaccusation of Armenian Genocide Damages Ties

yyyTurkey told Austria on Wednesday that an Austrian parliamentary declaration describing the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as ‘genocide’ would permanently damage the two countries’ relations.

“This declaration… has caused outrage for us,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We reject this biased attitude of the Austrian parliament, trying to lecture others on history, which has no room in today’s world.

“It is clear that this declaration… will have permanent negative effects on Turkey-Austria relations.”

The ministry said it had recalled its ambassador from Vienna for consultations over the declaration, one of a number by foreign institutions and parliaments as the 100th anniversary of the killings approached. The six parties in Austria’s parliament issued a joint declaration calling the massacre, in which around 1.5 million Armenians were killed, a genocide. It also held a minute of silence commemorating the Armenian victims.

The six parties in Austria’s parliament issued a joint declaration calling the massacre, in which around 1.5 million Armenians were killed, a genocide. It also held a minute of silence commemorating the Armenian victims.

“It is our duty to acknowledge and condemn these terrible events as genocide because of our historical responsibility — the Austro-Hungarian monarchy was an ally of the Ottoman Empire in the first world war,” the parties said. “It is also Turkey’s duty to face honestly dark and painful chapters of its history.”

 

Around 268,000 people of Turkish origin live in Austria, according to government figures, of which nearly 115,000 are Turkish citizens.

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