Turkey: Pope’s geno­cide re­marks re­flect ‘cru­sades’ men­tal­ity

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ANKARA—Turkey has con­demned as “very un­for­tu­nate” Pope Fran­cis’s dec­la­ra­tion that the mass killings of Ar­me­ni­ans a cen­tury ago by Ot­toman forces amounted to a geno­cide, say­ing it bore traces of “the men­tal­ity of the Cru­sades.”

“It is not an ob­jec­tive state­ment that con­forms with re­al­ity,” Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Nuret­tin Can­likli said late on Sun­day, quoted by the state-run news agency Anadolu.

The pope on Fri­day de­nounced the World War I killing of Ar­me­ni­ans as a geno­cide, prompt­ing Turkey’s anger.

“Sadly this tragedy, this geno­cide, was the first of the de­plorable se­ries of catas­tro­phes of the past cen­tury,” the pope said at the pres­i­den­tial palace in Yere­van.

Canikli said: “It is pos­si­ble to see all the hall­marks or re­flec­tions of the men­tal­ity of the Cru­sades in the Pope’s ac­tiv­i­ties.” When Fran­cis last used the term in the Vat­i­can in 2015, on the cen­te­nary of the killings, Ankara an­grily re­called its en­voy from the Holy See for nearly a year.—Agen­cies

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