Turkey on Thursday recalled its envoy to Luxembourg to Ankara for consultations, after that country’s parliament recognized the mass killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide, AFP reported.
The recall of the envoy is the latest such move by Ankara after it withdrew its ambassadors to the Vatican and Austria over the same controversy last month.
“We condemn and strongly reject the unfair resolution the Luxembourg parliament has adopted by distorting the historical facts and the law,” the foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by AFP.
It said it had summoned the Luxembourg ambassador to Ankara to protest the resolution, which it said was “far from understanding” the role of parliaments in such issues.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s ambassador to Luxembourg Levent Sahinkaya “has been recalled to Ankara for consultations,” it added.
Turkey has been on a diplomatic offensive in recent weeks, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the start of the killings of April 24, to ensure the minimum recognition by parliaments.
The offensive began when Pope Francis drew Turkey's wrath after describing the killings as "the first genocide of the 20th century".
Turkey summoned the Vatican's ambassador in Ankara over the remarks and recalled the Turkish envoy to the Vatican. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded with anger to the Pope’s remarks, warning him not to repeat such a “mistake” again.
At the same time, President Barack Obama stopped short of using the word genocide when he addressed the issue, to the relief of Turkey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin angered Ankara by referring to “genocide” during commemorations of the mass killings.
Ahead of the vote, Sahinkaya had already warned Luxembourg deputies in a letter that passing such a motion “would not serve the excellence of our relations.”