Turkey Attacks Germany Over Armenian Genocide

At least Germany acknowledged its past crimes, Turkey:

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday to recognize the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, to the undisguised fury of the Turkish government, which recalled its ambassador in protest. …

In particularly inflammatory remarks, the justice minister Bekir Bozdag accused Germany of hypocrisy. “First you burn the Jews in ovens and then you come and accuse the Turkish people of genocide,” he said. “Look back first at your own history … in our history, there is nothing that we can be ashamed of.” German MPs had defied earlier Turkish threats, voting to recognise the genocide by what Norbert Lammert, the speaker of the Bundestag, described as a “remarkable majority.” Only one MP voted against the resolution and only one of those present in the house abstained.

Angela Merkel chose to stay away to avoid provoking further tension with Turkey, pleading other engagements.

 

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