Merkel Calls for Historical Commission Into 1915 Events

annggThe Chancellor of Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for the deaths of Armenian and Turkish Ottomans in 1915 to be investigated by a commission of historians.

The chancellor said Germany should also contribute to the commission.

“The history between Turkey and Armenia should be handled by a commission of historians to which we should contribute,” she said at a news conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Berlin. “I will continue to talk to both Turkish side and Armenian side on this issue.”

Referring to the latter, Merkel said Germany would continue to deal with the legacy of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered under the Nazi regime.

Merkel’s comments on the Armenian issue came after last week’s symbolic Bundestag vote that saw lawmakers declare the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia in 1915 as genocide.

Merkel said that Germany shared Azerbaijan’s view. “The solution of the Karabakh issue will also contribute to mending ties between Turkey and Armenia,” she said. – Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for the deaths of Armenian and Turkish Ottomans in 1915 to be investigated by a commission of historians.

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