In response to a German vote recognizing the massacre of 1.5 million Armenian Christians as genocide, Ankara launches diplomatic war on Berlin. Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Berlin in anger at lawmakers in the Reichstag for approving a resolution describing the Armenian genocide a century ago as ‘genocide’.
IB Times Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim described the vote by the German parliament as a “historic error” and it would add tension to an increasingly fraught relationship between capitals Ankara and Berlin.
There was almost-unanimous support on Thursday (2 June 2016) for the resolution by MPs from Germany’s Christian Democrats, the Greens and the Social Democrats calling for a “commemoration of the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities in the years 1915 and 1916”.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned that the resolution would seriously damage relations between the two countries and would decide later what other steps it would take.
The governments of 20 countries including France, Italy and Russia, have in the past described the mass-killings as a genocide. But neither the U.S. nor the U. N. will declare it a genocide. (See why HERE)