Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT has issued a press release regarding the resolution adopted by the House of Representatives of Italy related to the 1915 Events.
The statement is as follows:
“It is clear that the resolution of the House of Representatives of Italy dated April 10, 2019 demanding the recognition of 1915 events as genocide by the Italian government is another example of Armenian claims used as political material and in no way reflects the historical truth.
The House of Representatives of Italy has substituted itsef with international courts and tried to give a verdict about a specific crime like genocide which has been clearly defined by international law while it has also exploited history and law.
Turkey’s attitude towards the 1915 events is based upon historical facts and the principle of law. Precedents within the European law and the resolutions of European Human Rights Court proves our legitimacy on this matter.
Bringing the historical tragedies and grief into our current agenda without an impartial and scientific interrogation of the conditions when those events occurred, comes to daylight unfortunately as a compromise given to increasing racist populism.
It is rather unethical to manipulate history with a political motivation ignoring the ruthlessness and atrocity they have caused in the past and instrumentalizing others’ pain. If the House of Representatives of Italy wants to wander around the bloody pages of history, it should begin by investigating the slaughters in Ethiopia and Libya.
The only emotion felt by Turkey and the Turkish nation about its past is pride. And this won’t change. This resolution adopted by the House of Representatives of Italy has no value for our nation who has a glorious and honorable past or for the GNAT, which is the representative of national will.
We strongly condemn the resolution and we believe that the Italian government will act with common sense and that it will not take this unfortunate and unsubstantial decision into consideration.