UN General Assembly President Deletes Tweet About Visiting Armenian Genocide Memorial After Turkish Protest
YEREVAN — United Nations General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid has deleted a tweet about his visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan after complaints from Turkey.
Shahid, who is also the Maldives’ foreign minister, arrived in Armenia on Tuesday for a three-day trip involving talks with the country’s president, foreign minister and senior lawmakers.
On Wednesday, he visited the Tsitsernakabert memorial to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks during World War I. He also visited the adjacent Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
“Laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Victims of the Armenian Genocide,” Shahid later tweeted. “Special thanks to the director of the museum-institute Harutyun Marutian and Hasmik Martirosian for the visit to the museum.”
The message was deleted a few hours later. Shahid declined to comment on Thursday.
Reacting to his tweet, the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday accused Shahid’s trip to Armenia of being “exploited for the purpose of exposing unilateral Armenian claims” to the events of 1915.
“Mr. Shahid, who holds the presidency of the UN General Assembly, should have acted in a fair and impartial manner, been more careful and responsible in this regard,” said in a statement.
Shahid met with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan earlier today. The two men also attended and spoke at a graduation ceremony held at the Diplomatic School of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.