Turkey has reacted furiously to a vote by a US congressional panel describing the killing of Armenians in World War I as “genocide”.
Brandishing the national flag and chanting “God
damn American imperialism”, protestors from a leftist political party took to the streets of Istanbul to vent their anger.
The Foreign Minister said the vote would harm ties with the US and impede efforts to reconcile Turkey and Armenia.
“Damaging these relations for the small interests of local politics will not harm Turkey, it will harm the strategic vision of United States,” Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Newspaper headlines reported Turkey’s diplomatic response, that of recalling its ambassador from Washington.
Turkey does not deny that hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in 1915, but it rejects the accusation it was deliberate genocide and is keen to remind people large numbers of Turks died in the same period of conflict.