Germany’s Bundestag passed a resolution qualifying the Ottoman Era Armenian killings ‘genocide’. The lower house of parliament voted almost unanimously, with one vote against the motion and one abstention. House speaker Norbert Lammert spoke of a “remarkable majority.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the leader of the Socialdemocrats Sigmar Gabriel failed to attend the vote on account of other appointments. Critics have said, however, that they deliberately attempted to dodge a difficult vote.
The Turkish parliament, known as the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, issued a statement in cooperation with Turkey’s Commission for Foreign Affairs criticizing the draft resolution: “We strongly condemn and reject this unlawful motion brought before the Bundestag, for which historical truths relating to the events of 1915 were deliberately distorted.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of the resolution that it could damage “diplomatic, economic, business, political and military ties” between the two countries.