The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement about the decision of the Latvian Parliament on the 1915 Events.
The statement included the following statements:
The decision adopted by the Latvian Parliament today and recognizing the 1915 events as “genocide” is a null attempt to rewrite history with political motives. We reject and strongly condemn this unfortunate and unlawful decision. Parliaments are not venues for history writing and judgment.
With regard to the events of 1915, none of the conditions required for the expression of genocide defined in international law to be used are present. This attempt is also against the provisions of the 1948 Genocide Prevention and Punishment Convention, as well as the European Court of Human Rights’ 2013 and 2015 decisions, which clearly express the controversial nature of the 1915 events.
This decision also contradicts the statement he made on the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Latvia regarding events in his own history, that an honest and fair approach to historical events is a precondition of international relations, and sets a double standard in this context. .
Instead of serving the agenda of some circles that try to create enmity from history, we invite the Latvian Parliament to take back this wrong step and to support the efforts to establish a practice of peaceful coexistence in the region, especially between the Turkish and Armenian peoples.