German MP’s have approved a resolution in the Bundestag (Lower House) in recognizing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks from 1915 for a number of years as “genocide”.
It is mostly accepted that 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the systematic genocide by Ottoman Turkish forces.
Although Armenia’s foreign minister announced the move as a “valuable contribution” to the “international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide”, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling party warned that such a recognition will damage ties between Germany and Turkey.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was not in the Bundestag to pass the resolution but her Christian Democrats and coalition partners the Social Democrats and the Greens all overwhelmingly favored the vote.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said approval of the resolution would be “irrational”. And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned Mrs Merkel, warning her that ties would suffer “if (Germany) falls into such a game”.
Russia Today has reported that Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Germany, suggesting that Turkey has enacted on its threats.