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Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Vatican's ambassador to Turkey, Antonio Lucibello, after Pope Francis referred to the 1915 incidents involving Armenians as a "genocide", according to diplomatic sources.
Turkey FM slams Pope's 'genocide' remarks
Foreign Minister Cavusoglu tweeted on Sunday, "Pope's statement is devoid of any historic or legal facts. Religious posts are not for fueling grudge and hatred with baseless claims," over Pope Francis' referring to the 1915 incidents involving Armenians as "genocide."
The pope made the comments earlier in the day during a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the killings.
The Pope said earlier at the St. Peter Basilica: "In the past century, our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies."
"The first, which is widely considered the first genocide of the twentieth century, struck your own Armenian people, the first Christian nation, as well as Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Greeks and, more recently, there have been other mass killings, like those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Burundi and Bosnia."
In 2014, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences for the first time to all Ottoman citizens who lost their lives in the events of 1915.
"Armenians who lost their lives in the events in the early twentieth century rest in peace, and we convey our condolences to their grandchildren," Erdogan said.
The 1915 events took place during World War I when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and revolted.Last Mod: 12 Nisan 2015, 17:25