Germany’s genocide resolution reflects its ‘political unawareness’, presidential spokesperson Kalın says

DAILY SABAH
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Published 03.06.2016 00:49
Updated 03.06.2016 12:14
Germany’s genocide resolution reflects its ‘political unawareness’, presidential spokesperson Kalın says

Turkish president's spokesman İbrahim Kalın called the German resolution on 1915 events a move that reflected the European country's "political unawareness."

In his remarks made in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Thursday, Kalın said: "Turkey has nothing to avoid or to come to terms with in its history. Making accusations through the 1915 incidents to try to oppress the Republic of Turkey means you do not know anything about Turkey and its nation."

"We condemn this resolution which has no meaning and is invalid for Turkey."

Kalın reminded that President Erdoğan has called for the establishment of a joint commission of historians to study the episode in 2005, however neither Armenia nor those who rule out genocide claims responded to that call.

"Leaving those calls unanswered and making propaganda of a so-called genocide with a parliament motion can only be explained through a feeling of guilt."

"Those who are engaged in such propaganda are not only unable to read the history correctly but also the present." Kalın said.

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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