German parliament approves resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’

German parliament approves resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’

German parliament approves resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’

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German parliament Bundestag on June 2 approved a resolution recognizing the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians at the hands of Ottomans as “genocide.”

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Yasin Aktay said that the vote would seriously damage relations, as reported by Reuters.

Turkey’s Parliament will also release a joint declaration on Germany’s approval of the bill.

Put forward by the ruling left-right coalition and the opposition Greens, the resolution entitled “Remembrance and commemoration of the genocide of Armenians and other Christian minorities in 1915 and 1916” carries the contentious word throughout the text.

The vote on June 2 caused the tension to rise between Turkey and Germany, with the former’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım saying that the result of the voting would amount to a ”real test of the friendship” between Berlin and Ankara.

“Some nations that we consider friends, when they are experiencing trouble in domestic policy attempt to divert attention from it,” he said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on June 2. “This resolution is an example of that.”   

Yerevan has long sought international recognition of the “genocide”, but Ankara rejects the use of the term to describe the World War I-era killings and argues that it was a collective tragedy in which equal numbers of Turks and Armenians died.