Turkey’s Foreign Minister has lashed out at U.S. for the Senate recognition of the Armenian Genocide, describing it as a “political show.”
“Senate Resolution is nothing more than a political show. It is not legally binding and it has no validity whatsoever,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
Cavusoglu said those who use history for political purposes are cowards who do not want to face the truth.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement condemning the U.S. move, saying the U.S. resolution was one of the shameful examples of how history can be politicized.
The ministry said the move was a destructive attempt aimed at damaging efforts on the development of relations between Ankara and Washington.
It added that the resolution was not based on history and a judicial basis and Turkey would continue to protect its interests with determination regardless of such “unjust and inconsiderate decisions.”
The US Senate struck a historic blow against Turkey’s century-long obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide, unanimously adopting S.Res.150, a measure that locks in ongoing U.S. recognition of this crime.
The resolution, identical to a measure (H.Res.296) adopted 405 to 11 in the U.S. House in October, officially rejects Turkey’s denials of its genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christian nations. P
assage of the resolution – spearheaded by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) – marks the first time that the Senate has recognized the Armenian Genocide.