Turkey vows ‘measures’ against Germany over vote to recognize Armenian Genocide

Published June 27th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
Turkish anti-riot police officers block the street on June 4, 2016 as protesters shout slogans against Germany and hold placards reading "We do not do genocide" in front of the German consulate in Istanbul after the German parliament recognised as genocide the massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
Turkish anti-riot police officers block the street on June 4, 2016 as protesters shout slogans against Germany and hold placards reading "We do not do genocide" in front of the German consulate in Istanbul after the German parliament recognised as genocide the massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey cannot remain silent toward the German parliament's recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Speaking in an interview with state-run TRT Haber news television network on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said Turkey will take measures against the German resolution, without specifying those steps.   

"The German government has to say its official stance does not overlap with the German parliament resolution," he said.  

The Bundestag voted last week to officially recognize the 1915-1916 massacres by the Ottoman Empire of the Armenians as genocide.

Armenians claim that up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were systematically slaughtered in eastern Turkey during World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.

Ankara denies that a genocide occurred and says 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians, and at least as many Turks perished between 1915 and 1917.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Cavusoglu said Ankara would have to suspend a deal with the EU on refugees if Turks are not provided with visa-free travel in Europe's borderless Schengen zone.

The remarks came more than a week after the Turkish foreign minister threatened to quit the refugee deal with the EU, stating that it was “impossible” for Ankara to meet Brussels’ demands in exchange for visa-free travel across the 28-nation bloc.

Several EU member states argue that granting visa waiver to Turkey, a country of 75 million, would allow influx of more refugees into their countries.

They say Turkey must meet 72 conditions, among them an end to the prosecution of academics and journalists plus modification of its anti-terror laws, before the approval of the visa exemption.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material. 


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