Merkel’s government does not recognize “Armenian genocide”

The German government intends to distance itself from a resolution by the Bundestag recognizing the “Armenian genocide” in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, thereby making a “political gesture” to Turkey, Der Spiegel writes, referring to its sources.

According to them, government spokesman Steffen Seibert will make a statement that the adopted resolution “has no binding effect on the government”, but it is “a political statement of the Bundestag without legal significance”.

The German authorities expect that in response to this step Turkey will let German deputies to the Incirlik air base, the sources said.

June 2, Bundestag adopted a resolution recognizing the “Armenian genocide” in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, after which the relations between Germany and Turkey have deteriorated, and Ankara has refused to let German deputies into the Incirlik airbase.


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