Tensions between Turkey and Germany over genocide resolution

After the German parliament (Bundestag) approved a resolution which recognizes events that happened in 1915 in then Ottoman Empire as the Armenian genocide, Turkey responded with anger and accusations.

Bundestag

Bundestag – German Parliament (Image: wikipedia.org)

President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan immediately called his ambassador in Germany back to Ankara for consultations. Turkey’s foreign minister stated that he finds Bundestag’s vote to be an attempt to deflect from Germany’s own dark past.

While the vote in favor of the resolution in the lower house of the German parliament was overwhelming (one MP voted against and one abstained from voting) and while over 20 countries recognize events that happened to Armenian people in Turkey during World War One as genocide, Turkey denies those claims arguing that many people died, including Turks, during the civil war that destroyed Ottoman Empire and that numbers of Armenian deaths are exaggerated.

Ankara’s position on 1915 events is that deaths of Armenians in Anatolia occurred when some sided with the invading Russians and rebelled against the government of the Ottoman Empire.

The vote was also unfavorably received by the Turkish-Germans, 2000 of whom demonstrated against the resolution last weekend in Berlin.

Few days after the Bunestag’s vote, officials of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) announced that their MPs will submit a proposal to the Turkish parliament (Grand Assembly) to recognize Namibia Genocide committed by the German Empire against the local population, between 1904 and 1907.

Tensions and a full blown diplomatic war between Turkey and Germany are taking place in midst of a migrant crisis, that ties both countries together by agreements on how to manage it.

by John D. Stanley (pseudonym)