Turkey Recalls Ambassador In Protest of Germany
The German parliament voted to recognize the Armenian genocide on Thursday. Turkey quickly condemned the motion, recalled their ambassador Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu to Germany, and called it the starting point of worsening of relations between the two countries.
With a vast majority votes, the German parliament recognized the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey a century ago.
“Only one parliamentarian stood against the resolution, with another abstaining,” said the reporter, Ala Shalyi.
Chancellor Angela Merkel did not participate in the vote, along with the foreign minister and the vice chancellor, in an apparent admission of the sensitive nature of the issue and Germany’s relationship with Turkey. Merkel did back the motion, however, in an internal party straw poll earlier this week.
Thursday’s vote was held in an extraordinary session of the German parliament dedicated to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 during the First World War.
The recognition of the massacre as genocide sparked outrage in Turkey and the country’s prime minister condemned the vote, calling it “irrational” and saying that such a decision would worsen relations and possibly lead to the severing of ties between Turkey and Germany.
“The recognition of the Armenian massacre as genocide by Germany will [negatively] affect the friendly relations between both countries,” said the new Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who recently took to office.
Yıldırım also added, “We reject this decree by any means and will not accept it. For this reason, we summoned our ambassador in Berlin for more consultation.”
The ruling AK Party in Turkey responded by saying that the decision taken by the German parliament has seriously damaged relations between the two countries.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a state visit to Kenya, said that the decision taken by the German parliament will have a serious impact on relations between the two countries.