Athens urges Turkey to ‘come to terms’ with history


Greece has reacted to “unacceptable comments” by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic who on Thursday criticized Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for their remarks on the Armenian Genocide.

“Turkey appears to believe that if history does not agree with its claims, so much worse for history. But this is too precarious a time for cheap and hypocritical rhetoric,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Constantinos Koutras said on Friday.

“Obviously, the Republic of Turkey must abandon its obsessions and come to terms with its historical record. Greece will be on Turkey’s side in this difficult task,” he added.

Bilgic had slammed Pavlopoulos and Tsipras for their comments on the Armenian Genocide when Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian visited Athens on Wednesday.

"The statements in question are the product of a pathetic mentality," Bilgic said.