In a total break with reality Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turks are proud of their history because they have not committed any genocide or partaken in colonialism, vowing the Turkish government will not stay silent against “some countries trying to lecture Turkey on history,” in reference to France and Italy’s recognition of the 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide.
“We are proud of our history because our history has never had any genocides. And no colonialism exists in our history,” Minister Çavuşoğlu addressed an event at Selçuk University in the Central Anatolian province of Konya on April 15.
Turkey will never take history lessons from those who have forgotten the history of their own countries and will not hesitate to give a lesson to those who dare question Turkey’s history, Çavuşoğlu said, indirectly recalling a quarrel he had with a French parliamentarian last week in the southern province of Antalya on the sidelines of a NATO parliamentary meeting.
“France is the last country which can lecture Turkey on genocide and history,” Çavuşoğlu had said, in response to a statement by French deputy Sonia Krimi. “France should mind its own dark history in Rwanda and Algeria,” he added….
The million and a half Armenians and the million Greeks killed are not genocide, insists Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Obviously Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is counting on his hearers not knowing this history, and he is largely correct.