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German MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide' amid Turkish fury

The German parliament has approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a "genocide".

BBC reports: Turkey denies Armenian genocide that took a life of up to 1.5 million people. 

The vote heightened German-Turkish tensions at a time when Turkey's help is needed to stem the flow of migrants.

Turkish ministry of foreign affairs recalled their ambassador from Germany.

Then the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it is just the first step, that Turkey has taken in response to the vote.

"We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue," he said.

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said it was a "valuable contribution" to the "international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great."

Some Armenian community leaders in Germany attended the Bundestag debate

France, Russia, and about other 20 countries recognized the genocide. Pope Francis did it as well. 

German ARD reports that German MPs were under pressure before the vote, like abusive and threatening e-mail.

Turkey's foreign minister even used a clear reference to Germany's Nazi past, accusing Berlin of trying to deflect from its own history. 

But the most important question is what this all means for Europe's attempts to solve the migrant crisis and how will it affect on the migrant deal. Diplomatic relations will become strained. 
 

By Stefan Paraber foe GIA

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