Germany-Turkey relations won't be destroyed, but necessary response to be given, PM says

Published 03.06.2016 10:10
Updated 03.06.2016 18:28
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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Friday that the relations between Turkey and Germany will not be destroyed, but the necessary response will be given to Germany, which adopted a controversial resolution recognizing the 1915 events as 'genocide.'

Speaking to reporters at Ankara Esenboğa Airport before an official visit to Azerbaijan, Yıldırım said that Turkey and Germany are to important allies, and that nobody should expect relations between the two countries to completely deteriorate.

"However, this should not mean that Turkey will not react or say anything against this" the prime minister added.

Yıldırım continued by saying that only 250 German lawmakers out of the 650 participated in the controversial vote, which indicates that most members did not approve of the resolution.

The prime minister also noted that Armenia uses provocation and that it invaded 20 percent of Azerbaijan and continues to do so.

The lower house of Germany's Federal Parliament approved a controversial motion labeling the 1915 events as 'genocide' on Thursday, disregarding warnings from Turkey.

Ankara strongly criticized the resolution and noted that it will not contribute to reconciliation between the two states, while urging Germany, which has an extensive genocide record from Namibia to the Holocaust, to take a fair and objective stance in line with European law.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Germany to not politicize a historical event, which occurred 101 years ago, and take a fair and objective stance, which was a requirement of European law to which it is a party.

The resolution accuses the Ottoman government of 1915 of allegedly carrying out "systematic genocide" against Armenians, as well as other Christian minorities.

Turkey denies the alleged genocide, but acknowledges that there were casualties on both sides during the events taking place during World War I.

According to Turkey's viewpoint, deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia in 1915 occurred after some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to tackle the issue.

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