Last week’s resolution adopted by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, will be a signal for other countries to consider starting an Armenian Genocide recognition process, said Hayk Demoyan, the head of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan.
Armenian advocacy groups based in the United States and worldwide have issued statements welcoming the passage by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, of a resolution formally labeling the Ottoman-era killings and deportations of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
Furious Turkey has summoned Germany’s charge d’affaires in Ankara and is recalling its ambassador from Berlin “for consultations” in the wake of a Bundestag resolution formally labeling the Ottoman-era massacres of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
The resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide that was adopted in the German Bundestag on June 2 is important for Armenia in part because it addresses Armenian-Turkish relations, Giro Manoyan, a chief foreign policy spokesman for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun), told reporters in Yerevan on Friday, adding that the German government is now committed to pursuing steps in this direction.
In a move criticized by Ankara, but welcomed by Yerevan and the world’s far-flung Armenian Diaspora, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution that formally recognizes the mass killings and deportations of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.
The German Bundestag’s resolution on the Armenian Genocide may become a straitjacket to restrict Turkey’s political ambitions in relation with the issue of Syrian refugees, Turkish study expert Ruben Melkonyan told media in Yerevan on Wednesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against formally recognizing the World War I killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Ankara has warned Berlin over a bill that would recognize the Ottoman-era mass killings and deportations of Armenians as genocide ahead of a Bundestag session focused on the motion.
The authors of the German Parliament’s resolution on recognition of the Armenian Genocide are confident that this time the bill will be adopted. Some also believe that the passage of the resolution is first of all necessary for Germany, which was an ally of Ottoman Turkey during World War I.
The Turkish government has cautioned Germany against classifying a century-old Ottoman Empire campaign to deport and kill Armenians as genocide.