Turkey strongly condemns burning of its flag in Armenia, slams Trump’s statement

Turkish flag burnt in Armenian capital Yerevan during ceremony to mark anniversary of 1915 events

Turkey strongly condemned the burning of Turkish flag during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the 1915 events in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday.

In a written statement, Foreign Ministry said the flag “symbolizes all the fundamental values, beliefs and the freedom of a nation.

“The attack against our flag, which is considered to be synonymous with the existence of the Turkish nation, has given rise to a strong resentment and reaction among our people.

“​Given the importance attributed by the Turkish nation to these values and to the Turkish flag, we strongly condemn this action and its perpetrators,” the statement said.

On Sunday evening, Armenian protesters marched towards a memorial in Yerevan and burned a Turkish flag.

Turkey denies the alleged genocide in 1915, but acknowledges that there were casualties on both sides during the events taking place during World War I.

Turkey describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to deal with the issue.

Turkey slams Trump’s statement on 1915 events

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has slammed the U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements on the 1915 events, saying it contained “misinformation and false definitions”.

In a written statement on Monday evening, the ministry said: “U.S. President Trump’s written statement of April 24, 2017 regarding the 1915 events contained misinformation and false definitions, and were derived from the information pollution created over the years by some Armenian circles in the U.S. by means of propaganda methods.

“We expect from the new U.S. Administration to not accredit this one-sided historical narrative of these circles which are known for their tendency to violence and hate speech, and to adopt an approach which will take into consideration the sufferings of all sides.

“We would like to remind the U.S. administration that the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the First World War, were commemorated again this year on April 24 at a ceremony held by the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, with the respect they deserve.”

President Donald Trump on Monday marked the annual commemoration of the 1915 events by echoing his predecessors and using the Armenian term while referring to the tragedy.

“Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century,” Trump said in a statement.

“We must remember atrocities to prevent them from occurring again. We welcome the efforts of Turks and Armenians to acknowledge and reckon with painful history, which is a critical step toward building a foundation for a more just and tolerant future,” he added.

According to Turkey, the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia occurred after some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians that began in 1915 resulted in numerous casualties.