AK party condemns US move on Armenian events

Turkey does not accept and strongly condemns the U.S. Senate resolution on Armenian events that poisons the climate of Turkish-American relations, AK party spokesperson said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.

Ömer Celik, the Justice and Development (AK) Party spokesperson said: "We do not accept by any means and strongly condemn the U.S. Senate resolution which is based on false claims on the events that took place in 1915 in the Ottoman state, and which poisons the climate of Turkish-American relations."

Pointing out that the baseless resolution may please the lobby of genocide industry, Çelik said: "It is of a nature that will prevent the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations and it is an irresponsible move in terms of policy."

Recalling that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer to open archives and let historians work together, Çelik added that the U.S. move did not comply with the solidarity spirit of NATO alliance.

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on Thursday formally recognizing the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people, a move strongly opposed by the Turkish government.

Turkey denies that the term genocide is an accurate term for these crimes, but in recent years has been faced with increasing calls to recognize them as such. As of 2019, governments and parliaments of 32 countries, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the United States, have recognized the events as a genocide. (ILKHA)

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