By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff | August 24, 2007
The Turkish government, reacting to a controversy that started in Watertown, yesterday condemned the Anti-Defamation League’s decision to call the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide.
"We consider the statement of the ADL as an injustice to the unique character of the Holocaust, as well as to the memories of its victims," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We expect it to be rectified."
Burak Akcapar, first counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., said Turkey has registered its concerns with Israel, the United States, and "friends everywhere."
"We are concerned that a great injustice has been done by the ADL with this statement," Akcapar said in an interview, adding that there is much scholarly debate on the issue. "It has ignored our point of view about the change of position. We are talking to all friendly parties about that. Our position is very clear."
The swift and strong reaction from a major foreign government marked the latest escalation in a revolt that started last week in Watertown Town Hall, where town councilors voted 8 to 0 to withdraw from an Anti-Defamation League program called No Place For Hate.
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