Turkey 'strongly' condemns Dutch MPs' recognising Armenian 'genocide'

Only UN and international court's genocide rulings 'binding' for Dutch gov't: FM

Dutch Parliament expected to approve Armenian Genocide motions despite government's stance

THE HAGUE-The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a resolution, with the support of all parties, to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Kaag said that she continues to talk about "the issue of the Armenian genocide".

Turkey denies that there was a systematic campaign to slaughter Armenians as an ethnic group during World War One.

Relations between the two countries were plunged into crisis a year ago over the Dutch refusal to allow Turkish ministers to campaign in the Netherlands before a referendum that gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.

The ministry, however, also "took note" of the Dutch government's position to distance itself from the parliament's motion.

She urged "utmost caution when applying the term "genocide" to past events".

Armenians have long sought global recognition for the 1915-1917 killings in the Ottoman era as genocide, which they say left some 1.5 million of their people dead.

The Dutch parliament's action is likely to heighten diplomatic tensions between the Netherlands and Turkey.

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"The politicisation of 1915 events by taking them out of historical context is unacceptable", a spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry said.

The Turkish statement made reference to the 1995 Srebrenica massacres, in which victims were killed after being turned away from a Dutch-run United Nations base where thousands had sought refuge towards the end of the Bosnian war.

Turkey condemned the vote, saying it was not valid or legally binding.

Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to Ankara on Saturday to express unhappiness with the impending vote.

Dozens of countries have recognized the mass killings as genocide, including almost half of the member states of the European Union.

While the government refuses to recognize the Armenian, Genocide, it will still send a representative to the commemoration of the genocide in the Armenian capital Yerevan on April 24.

The ministry said it had taken note of the Dutch government's decision not to follow parliament's lead.

Relations however have deteriorated since Dutch officials barred two Turkish ministers from attending a rally in Rotterdam on the eve of general elections last March.

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