ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Turkey has announced that it will recall its ambassador from Buenos Aires for "political consultations," in reaction to Argentina’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide earlier this year.
"The bilateral relationship with Argentina is likely to encounter much activity soon," Turkish diplomatic sources told Today’s Zaman on Friday, noting that Turkey’s Ambassador to Argentina Hayri Hayret Yalav was expected to be recalled to Ankara for "political consultations in the near future" in order to review bilateral relations with this country.
Yalav, who was appointed to his current post with a government decree in December 2006, previously returned to Ankara in early 2007 after presenting his credentials to then-Argentinean President N?stor Kirchner–again for "political consultations."
Officials at the Argentinean Embassy in Ankara, approached by Today’s Zaman on Friday, said that Argentinean Ambassador to Turkey Brugo Marco was currently in Buenos Aires. Counselor Luis Susmann did not want to make a statement on the issue in absence of the ambassador, officials also said.
Ankara’s growing enmity toward Argentina dates back to 2006, when the lower house of Argentina’s parliament in November adopted a resolution recognizing killings of Armenia’s in the Ottoman Empire during World War I as genocide. The resolution, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority in the assembly, declared April 24 an official "day of mutual tolerance and respect" among peoples around the world.
In January 2007 former Argentinean Nestor President Kirchner approved the draft law proclaiming April 24 "the day of tolerance and respect."
Argentina’s Senate approved this April 24 a declaration recognizing the Armenian. Shortly after, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that State Minister Mehmet Aydin had cancelled a planned visit to Argentina in protest of the country’s stance.