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Turkey summons Vatican envoy over pope's 'genocide' remarks: TV

AFP , Sunday 12 Apr 2015
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Turkey on Sunday summoned the Vatican envoy to Ankara to request an explanation over Pope Francis's use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I, television reports said.

The envoy had been summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara, the NTV and CNN-Turk channels said.

There were no further details but according to Turkish media reports an official statement is to be released by the foreign ministry later in the day.

Quoting a statement signed by Pope John Paul II and the Armenian patriarch in 2001, the pope described the killings of Armenians from 1915 as "the first genocide of the 20th century".

Turkey has always vehemently rejected the use of the word "genocide" to describe the killings and has shown no sign of making any major concessions as the 100th anniversary of the tragedy falls.

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13-04-2015 04:16am
Egypt must recognize massacre of Armenians by Turkey
President Al Sisi must recognize the massacre of Armenians by Turkey. If Armenia with the help of Russia conquered Turkey during those wars, this region would have been in a far better progressive state. A great nation like Egypt is under repressive religious extermisim all because of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. This is a Fact.
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12-04-2015 05:40pm
Erdogan can't handle
Turkey's criminal past or present, he must be an embarrassment to every Turk. One wonders if he is in denial that Turkey was Hitlers prime partner.
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