TURKISH PRESS REVIEW APR 17

Reactions of Turkish government and opposition parties over European Parliament’s recent resolution recognizing 1915 events as 'genocide' dominated Turkish dailies' headlines Friday.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW APR 17

The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The majority of Friday's newspapers dedicated their pages to reactions over the European Parliament’s recent resolution calling the 1915 events, which affected Armenians call “genocide.”

"The resolution is injustice to history," STAR's headline read, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reactions over the resolution in Kazakhstan.

The paper reported that Erdogan said: "You (the European Parliament) are in a vain struggle. We view 1915 resolution of politicians as null and void."

 The European Parliament adopted the resolution recognizing the 1915 events affecting Armenians as "genocide" on Wednesday. It came three days after Pope Francis called the 1915 incidents "genocide," which also drew sharp criticism from the Turkish government. 

On Thursday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received a phone call from European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who remarked that he had not attended the session and understood Turkey’s reaction, according to Prime Ministry sources.

MILLIYET headlined: “Conciliation call,” referring to the telephone call. The paper, citing sources from the Prime Ministry, said that Davutoglu, in a harsh way, stated that Turkey rejected the resolution.

On the same subject, “Joint statement from three parties,” titled HURRIYET, reporting that Turkey’s ruling AK Party and two opposition parties, the Republican People's Party, or the CHP, as well as the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, had condemned the resolution. It stated, however, that the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, had not signed the statement.

On its front page, HABERTURK described the resolution and Pope Francis’s recent remarks on the 1915 incidents as “100th year games,” referring to the 100th anniversary of the 1915 incidents on April 24.

Last Sunday, the pontiff called the 1915 events that affected Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century," which led Turkey to recall its ambassador to the Vatican and also summon the Vatican envoy in Ankara.

Later, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wednesday that the pope had no intention of engendering a controversy.

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 against the empire. 

Turkey's official position against allegations of "genocide" is that it acknowledges the past experiences were a great tragedy and that both parties suffered heavy casualties, including hundreds of Muslim Turks.

Ankara agrees that there were Armenian casualties during World War I, but says that it is impossible to define these incidents as "genocide." The Turkish government has repeatedly called on historians to study Ottoman archives pertaining to the era to uncover what actually happened.

In economic news, DUNYA headlined: “Strong dollar will continue its domination.”

On Wednesday, Turkish lira slumped to 2.7048 as the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, inched over 99 points, just one point shy of its all-time high.

The paper wrote that the dollar’s pressure would resume, according to some analysts.

Last Mod: 17 Nisan 2015, 18:14
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