MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide' amid Turkish fury in Germany

    MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide' amid Turkish fury in Germany

    June 2, Ankara: The German parliament has approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a "genocide".

    Turkey's prime minister responded by saying he would withdraw his ambassador to Germany "for consultations".

    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", reports said.

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

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus called the move a "historic mistake".

    Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said it was a "valuable contribution" to the "international recognition and condemnation of the
    Armenian genocide".

    More than 20 nations, including France and Russia, as well as Pope Francis, have recognised the 1915 killings as genocide.

    Turkey denies that there was a systematic campaign to slaughter Christian Armenians as an ethnic group during WWI. It also points out that many Turkish civilians died in the turmoil during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel was not in the Bundestag (lower house) for the vote. Her Christian Democrats (CDU), their coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens all supported the resolution, and the vote in favour was overwhelming, BBC reported.

    The resolution uses the word "genocide" in the headline and text. It also says Germany - at the time an ally of the Ottomans - bears some guilt for doing nothing to stop the killings.

    The Oslo Times


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