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    Canada placates Turkey

    Agence France Presse
    24.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    OTTAWA - Canada said Wednesday its position that Armenians were victims of "genocide" under the Ottoman Empire is "not an indictment of modern Turkey," after Ankara recalled its envoy in protest. "This is not an indictment of modern Turkey, nor is there a break in our diplomatic relations," said a foreign ministry statement. "Turkey is a democracy, we have good relations with Turkey and it is a NATO ally."

    Turkey earlier recalled its envoy after Canadian ministers attended commemorations ahead of April 24, when Armenians remember the massacres, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a letter of support.

    The incident is the latest diplomatic spat between Ankara and Ottawa over the issue since 2004, when Canada's parliament recognized the Armenian killings as genocide. Turkey rejects the genocide label and a Turkish government official, who declined to be named, said third countries taking sides on the genocide dispute only undermined reconciliation talks with Armenia.
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