Erdogan threatens to deport 100,000 Armenians

Turkey 'has never discriminated against the population'

15 April, 19:08

    Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The over 100,000 Armenians working in Turkey are not Turkish citizens and ''we can deport them, even if we haven't yet'', President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Wednesday by Today's Zaman and Hurriyet as saying.
    Erdogan had previously made the same threat in 2010, Today's Zaman noted. Speaking at the Ankara airport prior to leaving for an official visit to Kazakhstan, he noted that in addition to Turkish citizens of Armenian origins there were about 100,000 immigrant workers and that the state ''has never discriminated against the Armenian population''. Turkey behaves generously, he said, by not deporting the 100,000 Armenian workers, but it could if it wanted to. The international community's position as concerns Turkey and the Armenian genocide are unacceptable for a country that has offered the immigrants access to all public services, he said. (ANSAmed).

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