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