The press release is as follows:
“We condemn the adoption of a verdict in the Latvian Parliament on May 6, 2021 that includes the false genocide slander and we reject this illegal decision. To judge historical events and make judgements can not be the duty of parliaments.
This decision, which will serve no purpose other than distorting historical facts, is also illegal. The decisions of the European Court of Human Rights dated 2013 and 2015, which also bind Latvia, clearly reveal that the Armenian claims do not have a legal value, they can only be a subject of historical debate. It is obvious that this decision, which is also against international law, was taken on the basis of simple daily political calculations.
We remind that in the statement made by the Latvian Parliament on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Latvia, it points out that an honest and fair approach to the events in its history is a precondition for international relations.
It is a grave contradiction, the Latvian Parliament who expressed the honest and fair approach wishing for her own country, did not display for Turkey regarding the events that took place 106 years ago and it is an insincere approach.
We invite the Latvian Parliament to support our proposals and our efforts to ensure peace, tranquility and stability in the region, rather than fostering the understanding of radical circles that create hostility from history."