Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkır has rejected Pope Francis’ statements over the 1915 incidents, which the pontiff described as “genocide” on a Sunday Mass, Daily Sabah reports.
“I reject the Papal attitude, which should strive to leave a legacy of peace and friendship for future generations, but instead tries to derive enmity out of history,” said Turkey’s EU Minister via Twitter.
“There is no period of time in Turkey’s history that it would be ashamed of. Efforts towards constituting an identity based on falsified documents will fail,” he said.
“Pope Francis’ history-falsifying statements are null and void for Turkey and Turkish nation,” Bozkır added.