German MPs recognise Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury

German MPs recognise Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury


The German parliament has approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a “genocide”.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term “genocide”.

The timing is awkward, as the EU needs Turkey to help stem the migrant influx.

Turkish president Recip Tayyip Erdogan said the resolution risked harming ties between the countries.

In the latest response:

  • Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador to Germany “for consultations”; Mr Erdogan said he and the ambassador would “sit down together and discuss these issues, which have the potential to impact relations between Germany and Turkey,” adding: “We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue”
  • Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed a “racist Armenian lobby” for the resolution
  • Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said it was a “valuable contribution” to the “international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great”
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