announced that it had recalled its ambassador to Brazil after the country's Federal Senate recognized the Armenian Genocide in a statement issued on Monday, June 8.
"We condemn the Resolution of the Brazilian Senate on the events of 1915, which distorts the historical truths and ignores the law, and consider it as an example of irresponsibility," said the Foreign Ministry of Turkey.
"Political decisions of this nature, taken under the influence of the Armenian lobbies can neither change the historical facts nor the legal norms. In this context, our views have been conveyed to the Ambassador of Brazil in Ankara who was summoned to the Ministry on 3 June 2015," announced the Turkish diplomacy. "Turkish Ambassador in Brasilia, Mr. Hüseyin Diriöz has also been recalled to Ankara for consultations."
"Every time the Turkish State feels its negationist strategy threatened over a new declaration in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the world, it presses and detonates diplomatic channels," explained Dr. Alfonso Tabakian, Director of the Armenian National Committee of South America. "The Senate of Brazil took another step and joined the legislative, executive and judicial powers in South America who travel the road of truth and justice for this crime against humanity," he added.
Resolution No. 550/2015, adopted on Tuesday, June 2, was introduced by Senators Aloizio Nunes Fereira Filio and Jose Serra. The resolution "recognizes" the Armenian Genocide and offers its "solidarity" with the Armenian people. Furthermore the Senate denounced the "systematic denial, pressure and intimidation against those who try to reconstruct historical events" and urged the Brazilian government to join the recognition. The representatives of the Armenian community in Sao Paulo had described the resolution as "the most important in the history of the Armenian Cause in Brazil."