Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Turkey Continues Warning Bundestag on June 2 Genocide Resolution

On June 2, Germany’s parliament Bundestag is to hold a vote on a motion describing the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government during World War I as genocide.

Speaking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone ahead of the vote in German parliament, Turkish President Erdogan said “We expect common sense from Germany with regard to the resolution.”

Germany’s parliament votes Thursday on a resolution that qualifies the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as “genocide,” despite strong warnings from Turkey.

Drawn up 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″ also carries the contested word throughout the text.

The vote comes just over a year after President Joachim Gauck became Germany’s highest ranking official to describe the massacre as a genocide, drawing a fierce response from Turkey...
 [asbarez.com/AFP]
31/5/16

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