Turkey Says Germany Still Ally After “genocide” Resolution

bbbbTurkey on Friday said Germany was still a key ally even after a parliament resolution recognising the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide infuriated Ankara, predicting the spat would not lead to a sudden deterioration in ties.

Apparently seeking to keep the dispute from developing into a full-blown diplomatic crisis, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim emphasised the key Berlin-Ankara relationship would continue.

The German lower house on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution recognising the mass killings of Armenians from 1915 under the Ottoman Empire as genocide, prompting Ankara to recall its ambassador from Berlin for consultations.

The dispute sparked alarm over the potential damage to relations between Turkey and Germany at a sensitive time when the sides are working together to implement a deal seeking to halt illegal migration to the EU.

“Germany and Turkey are two very important allies. No one should expect that relations will suddenly deteriorate completely because of this decision or similar decisions,” Yildirim told a news conference before a visit to Azerbaijan.

“That doesn’t mean however that we will not react, that we will say nothing,” he added, pointing to a counter resolution passed by the Turkish parliament condemning its German counterpart.

“With this decision, Turkey’s relations with Germany have been seriously damaged,” he said.

But he added: “Whatever the circumstances, we will continue the relationship with our friends and our allies.”