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Turkish FM calls US Senate vote on Armenian Genocide ‘political show’

Turkey has reacted angrily to the US Senate move to unanimously pass on Thursday a resolution recognising the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the vote a "political show" on social media, adding that "it is not legally binding and it has no validity whatsoever." 

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 vote as "one of the shameful examples of how history can be politicised", Anadolu reported.

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 US recognition of this crime.

The resolution, identical to a measure (H.Res.296) adopted 405 to 11 in the US House in October, officially rejects Turkey’s denials of its genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christian nations.

Passage 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.

 



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