Thu 29 December 2011

Turkey's foreign minister has accused the French parliament of
"imperialistic plans" based on the suffering of others.

Ahmet Davutoglu made the remarks at a conference "From Balkan War
to Balkan Peace: Turkish Foreign Policy on its 100th Anniversary"
at Trakya University in the northwestern province of Edirne, Turkey's
semi-official Anadolu news agency reported.

He was speaking after the lower house of the French parliament passed
a bill that will make it a crime in France to deny that the mass
killings of Armenians in 1915 amounted to "genocide". The bill has
still to be discussed in the French Senate next year.

"Every nation thinks that its agony is unique, however we can
understand the agonies of all nations because we felt the biggest
agony," Davutoglu told a

Davutoglu said the French parliament should not make imperialistic
plans on the agonies of other people, and drew attention to the
difference in the leadership of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

"One of them abandoned the place he was born, and burst into tears
whenever he heard a Thracian song. He could incite his nation,
as the founder of a new nation state, and could make his nation
remember their agonies by telling them that 'the Greeks occupied the
territories'. However, he did not say this, but extended his hand to
[Greek leader] Venizelos because a leader like Ataturk was the outcome
of a blend of 10 centuries," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu also said, "However, I am not only saying this for Sarkozy,
but French leaders have reached where they are today by making other
nations suffer, and now they are trying to build a new history on
the agonies of others."