Azerbaijan condemns Germany’s ‘Armenian genocide’ bill

Azerbaijan condemns Germany’s ‘Armenian genocide’ bill

BAKU – Doğan News Agency
Azerbaijan condemns Germany’s ‘Armenian genocide’ bill

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Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has condemned the Bundestag’s approval of a resolution recognizing the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians at the hands of Ottomans as “genocide,” saying it was an “excuse” for Germany. 

“We are condemning the 1915 decision of Germany. [The] Armenian issue is an excuse for Germany,” Aliyev told journalists during a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on June 3. 

“Azerbaijan stands with Turkey as always,” he added. 

Germany’s Bundestag or lower house of parliament on June 2 overwhelmingly approved a resolution that describes the 1915-16 killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as “genocide.”

Ankara put up fierce opposition before and after the vote, recalling the Turkish envoy to Germany and summoning the German charge d’affaires in Ankara for consultations.