No: 95, 10 April 2019, Press Release Regarding The Motion Of The Chamber Of Deputies Of Italy, Calling For The Recognition Of The Events Of 1915 As Genocide By The Italian Government

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 10.04.2019

The motion, adopted on 10 April 2019 by the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, is a new example of using Armenian claims for domestic political interests. We condemn this motion in the strongest terms.

It is not surprising that this motion was drafted by the Lega Party, led by Matteo Salvini, who committed to sabotaging the relations between Turkey and Italy.

What is surprising and upsetting is that the above-mentioned Chamber has become an instrument in the play staged by the Lega Party, which aims at strengthening its position in the European Parliament elections.

Actually, Armenian claims being continuously put forward before elections or in the context of anti-Turkish sentiments, clearly reveals the political nature of these claims and their incompatibility with historical facts. These efforts do not provide benefit to any party and also stonewall the way for all well-intentioned, forward-looking initiatives.

It is inevitable that this motion will have various repercussions on our relations with our strategic partner, Italy, with which we have historical bonds and considerable trade relations.

As all other initiatives politicizing history, this motion is null and void for Turkey.

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