Turkey rejects EU report over requirement to recognize Armenian Genocide

Turkey’s Permanent Delegation to the EU Friday rejected the European Parliament’s Turkey Progress Report over its request for recognition of the  Armenian genocide, Anadolu Agency reports.

The report, which the EP passed in April by 375 votes in favor and 133 against, arrived at Turkey’s Permanent Delegation to the EU on Friday.

According to diplomatic sources from the delegation speaking anonymously due to restrictions on speaking with the media, the report was rejected over its remarks calling for recognition of the 1915 events “genocide”.

Turkey also returned a previous report in spring 2015 for the same reason.

“Turkey will reject the European Parliament Progress Report on Turkey to be voted on Thursday if it includes any mention of an ‘Armenian genocide,’” Turkey’s then-EU Minister Volkan Bozkir said.

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