The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement, condemning a Dutch resolution slamming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdigan’s remarks on April 24, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
The Ministry threatened that “these groundless efforts, which are devoid of sense of consideration and seriousness, will not go unanswered for those who resort to them.”
The comments come after the Dutch House of Representatives passed a resolution, condemning Turkish President ‘s April 24th remarks and obliging the government to inform the Turkish authorities on that stance.
They described the step as “political mentality that tries to attract the attention of voters by resorting to populism.”
“It would be advisable for the Netherlands' House of Representatives to address more important issues that threaten European values, rather than an anti-Turkey stance that feeds on prejudices. It would be useful, in this regard, to give priority to adopting measures against the rising extreme right, xenophobia, racism, hatred of Islam, and the increasing attacks against mosques,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Speaking at a symposium on April 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the deportation of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century was “reasonable” at the time.
“The relocation of the Armenian gangs and their supporters, who massacred the Muslim people, including women and children, in eastern Anatolia, was the most reasonable action that could be taken in such a period,” Erdogan said.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan then urged the world to speak out against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hate speech.