Turkey summons Dutch envoy over Armenian incidents

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d’affaires of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Ankara on Saturday in protest at two parliamentary motions to recognize the 1915 incidents as genocide of the Armenians.

“We understand that some Dutch politicians have an agenda of presenting motions supporting Armenian allegations to the Dutch House of Representatives in the upcoming weeks,” Spokesperson of the Ministry Hami Aksoy said in a press release. “Turkey’s approach vis-a-vis the events of 1915 is based upon historical facts and legal norms. Established ruling cases in the European law registered the fact that the events of 1915 constitute a legitimate subject of debate. “This being the case, the attempts to take the events of 1915, which is a sensitive matter for Turkey and the Turkish nation, out of its historical and legal context to politicize the issue cannot be accepted,” Aksoy stressed. “In this context, we invite Dutch politicians to review their prejudiced stance towards Turkey and avoid politicizing history. “If the Netherlands wishes to contribute to the solution of this historical issue, they could support the proposal we have been suggesting persistently since 2005 as to form an independent Joint Historical Commission open to scholars of Ottoman History.

“Our views and expectations on this issue — have been conveyed to the Charge D’affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands who was summoned to the Ministry,” he added.

Members of the Dutch ruling coalition stated support to two proposals by the conservative Christian Union (CU) MPs to be debated in the coming weeks.

Source: Kuwait news Agency