Ankara has slammed the Dutch Parliamentary vote which recognised the killings of Armenians during First World War during the Ottoman Empire as “genocide”. The Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik has labelled the move as void and stated that Turkey expected Dutch officials to be more cautious.
Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, even put a question mark against the Dutch right to pass the resolution when the Netherlands had itself played a role in 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8000 Muslim Bosniaks, primarily men and boys during the Bosnian War by Serbian paramilitary forces. The UN peacekeepers of Netherlands had been held partially responsible for the massacre by a Dutch court in 2017.
Cavusoglu added that “The baseless decisions of the House of Representatives of a country who was a bystander to the Srebrenica genocide, an undying pain in the middle of Europe, have no place either in history or injustice,”. Turkey has always been hostile to all the international efforts to label the killings which took place a century ago as genocide and has maintained that the events were a tragic occurrence as killings took place on both sides.
The Netherlands has formally withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey in February although Turkish side states that the diplomat has been denied entry since last March. The Netherlands along with other European nations is home to a big number of Turkish diaspora communities who hold Turkish nationality and have right to vote in Turkey.
The Armenian Massacre
It refers to the horrific extermination of around 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman authorities in 1915. The genocide as it is being now recognised by 29 nations across the world was committed during and after the WW I., The genocide occurred in 2 phases divided into the massacre of able-bodied males and then sending women, children and elderly on death marches in Syrian Desert. The deportees were deprived of food and water. This is referred to as the first modern genocides as the killings were carried out in a highly orchestrated manner. It is the second most read and researched case after the Holocaust.