The Voice of America News website reports today (October 7, 2011) that the Turkish government has criticized French President Nicolas Sarkozy for saying Turkey should recognize the deaths of Armenians under Turkish rule nearly 100 years ago as genocide.
Turkish European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis said Sarkozy's comments were inappropriate, as it is "not the duty of politicians to deal with history."
The French president -- who has been on a visit to Armenia -- said all great countries do the honorable thing by revisiting their history.
Armenia says some 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by Ottoman Turks during World War I (1914-1918). Turkey -- which denies its genocide of Armenians -- claims that the dead were victims of a civil war.