Turkey condemns Portugal’s decision to recognise Armenian genocide

Ankara has condemned a move by lawmakers in Portugal on April 24 to recognise the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, Turkish newspaper Gazete Karınca reported.

The resolution adopted by the Portuguese parliament says that on April 24, 1915 some 250 Armenian intellectuals were rounded up and murdered by the order of the Ottoman government, noting that  “in the years during and after World War I it is estimated that between 800,000 and 1.5 million people were killed as a result of the genocide.”

Turkey denies that the killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide and issue that has regularly caused friction between Turkey and European Union nations.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry in a written statement said, “Such approaches that politicize history, disregard international law and European law can absolutely never be accepted.’’

Portugal joins the governments and parliaments of 29 countries, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, have recognised the events of 1915, during which 1.5 million Armenians were reportedly killed, as genocide.