“The Armenian relocation was neither a genocide, nor a great disaster, which took place under troublesome conditions a century ago,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday addressing a gathering of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in capital Ankara, ONA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
“Millions of Armenians would not be living across Europe, US, North Africa, Caucasus, if allegations against us were true,” Erdogan added speaking about the events of 1915.
He said the Turkish nation was the most innocent in the Anatolian lands a century ago.
Erdogan once again underlined the importance of historians and scientists researching this issue before politicians.
“We are making this call for many years. I have been saying since I was the prime minister: let’s open our v2_archives, but they do not agree,” he added.
“Aren’t the last half century’s massacres in Karabakh, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Bosnia and Arakan a genocide? Turkey stands at the forefront in the protection of humans and humanity and we cannot turn back.”