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Germany: Armenia genocide vote "must be respected" - Merkel to Erdogan00:45

Germany: Armenia genocide vote "must be respected" - Merkel to Erdogan

Germany, Berlin
June 6, 2016 at 21:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, stated during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, that Merkel told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the German parliament has made a sovereign decision that "must be respected" after complaints following the German Bundestag's vote to recognise the Armenian genocide.

Seibert said that "the resolution was a political initiative that emerged from the midst of the Bundestag, which is a democratically elected, independent organ under our constitution. The Bundestag has taken a sovereign decision. That must be respected," adding that Merkel said exactly this to Erdogan.

The German Bundestag voted in Berlin, on June 2nd, to recognise the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a 'genocide.'

During and after World War I, ethnic Armenians were displaced, deported or placed in concentration camps by authorities in the Ottoman Empire, now modern day Turkey. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died during the period. However, the Turkish government reject the allegation that these deaths amounted to genocide.

Germany: Armenia genocide vote "must be respected" - Merkel to Erdogan00:45
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Spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, stated during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, that Merkel told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the German parliament has made a sovereign decision that "must be respected" after complaints following the German Bundestag's vote to recognise the Armenian genocide.

Seibert said that "the resolution was a political initiative that emerged from the midst of the Bundestag, which is a democratically elected, independent organ under our constitution. The Bundestag has taken a sovereign decision. That must be respected," adding that Merkel said exactly this to Erdogan.

The German Bundestag voted in Berlin, on June 2nd, to recognise the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a 'genocide.'

During and after World War I, ethnic Armenians were displaced, deported or placed in concentration camps by authorities in the Ottoman Empire, now modern day Turkey. Between 600,000 and 1.8 million people are believed to have died during the period. However, the Turkish government reject the allegation that these deaths amounted to genocide.