Turkey says US recognising Armenian 'genocide' will further harm ties

Reuters , Tuesday 20 Apr 2021

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that U.S. President Joe Biden recognising the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide on April 24 will further harm already strained ties between the NATO allies.

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.

"Regarding April 24, the United States needs to respect international law," Cavusoglu told an interview with broadcaster Haberturk, referring to the anniversary of the killings. "If the United States wants to worsen ties, the decision is theirs." 

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