MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The West must not interfere in relations between Turkey and Armenia, and should focus on its own history and multiple genocides, violence and crimes, Turkish parliamentarian Atilla Kaya told Sputnik Turkey Wednesday.
“The EU should focus on its own history, based on colonialism and imperialism. African and American continents have suffered from genocides, violence, and crimes initiated by the Western states… If the West won’t interfere in Turkey-Armenia bilateral relations, we will be able to solve our problems,” Kaya said.
Last week, the European Parliament urged Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide. Ankara dismissed the call.
The Armenian Genocide refers to Armenia’s claim of the Ottoman government extermination of Armenians in their historical homeland during the First World War. Accepted estimates put the number at over 1.5 million Armenians killed.
Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, refuses to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Ankara argues that the number of people killed is hugely exaggerated, and that the Ottoman Empire was simply responding to Armenian attacks on Turks in the course of its attempt to establish an Armenian state on the Anatolian peninsula.
Atilla Kaya said that Armenia is conducting an unacceptable policy of expansion, highlighting that Yerevan has occupied the Azerbaijani territories in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus.
“Until Armenia stops its policy of expansion, and recognizes the borders of the modern Turkish Republic, we will avoid all attempts to improve relations with such partners,” Kaya said.
No diplomatic relations currently exist between Turkey and Armenia, the Turkish-Armenian border has been closed since 1993.