The Broad Front expressed its concern “over the recent events during the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu”, which took place when the international Armenian community was commemorating the Great Crime, as the Genocide of the Armenian people perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire is known. , and that the State of Turkey denies.
“(The Broad Front) condemns the attitude of the Turkish representative, who in front of Uruguayan demonstrators of Armenian descent and Uruguayan citizens in solidarity with their cause who were demonstrating peacefully, made offensive gestures linked to the Turkish nationalist far-right movement, ‘The Gray Wolves,’” says the statement from the opposition political force.
For the FA, the government demonstrated a “confusing conduct of foreign policy” by accepting the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister “without properly dimensioning that it would take place on a date of special significance and sensitivity for the Armenian community in Uruguay” .
Uruguay was the first country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated between 1915 and 1923, and in which between 1.5 and 2 million people were persecuted, tortured and murdered.
Representatives of the Armenian community in Uruguay denounced for weeks the “premeditated provocation” that Çavuşoğlu’s visit meant just on this date suggested by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The FA concluded by saying that it “reaffirms its commitment to denouncing this genocide as well as recognizing, once again, the important historical, artistic, cultural, social and political contribution of the Armenian community to the better development of Uruguayan society.”