Turkey Prime Minister, Recep Tayip Erdogan, threatens to expel 100,000 Armenian’s from Turkey.
The Turkish Prime Minister threatened to expel 100,000 Armenian’s from Turkey if foreign governments carried on to recognising the killing of Armenian’s during World War I by Ottoman Turks as genocide.
Erdogan, raised the stake in the row that saw two ambassadors being re-called from the United States and Sweden after both country’s parliaments recognised the Armenian killings as genocide.
Erdogan also cancelled a visit to Stockholm in protest to the recognition which was passed with a single vote in Sweden.
The Turkish Prime Minister explained that he did not have to tolerate the 100,000 Armenian’s which are in Turkey illegally.
Erdogan said in London yesterday “In my country there are 170,000 Armenians; 70,000 of them are citizens. We tolerate 100,000 more then what we should. So, what am I going to do tomorrow? If necessary I will tell the 100,000: okay, time to go back to your country. Why? They are not my citizens. I am not obliged to keep them in my country,”.
Erdogan continued to say that pressure from foreign parliaments are jeopardizing improved ties between Turkey and Armenia.
According to historians, an estimated 1.5 million Armenian’s were killed by the Ottoman Turks during World War I.
Turkeys have sternly denied the genocide talks of the Armenian mass killings as they say the amount of killings were much less then the 1.5 million that historians believe to be and that at the time of the killings there was civil war and unrest in the country.