Turkey Calls Germany’s Recognition of Armenian Genocide ‘Null and Void’

Turkish President Erdogan. (Source: AA Photo)
Turkish President Erdogan. (Source: AA Photo)

Turkish President Erdogan. (Source: AA Photo)

ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily)—“The fact that the German Parliament approved distorted and baseless claims as genocide is a historic mistake. The German Parliament’s approval of this bill is not a decision in line with friendly relations between Turkey and Germany. This decision is null and void for Turkey,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said.

“This is an issue that scientists and historians need to reach a conclusion on, not politicians or parliaments. As Turkey, we will surely give the necessary response to this decision in all platforms,” he added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador to Berlin Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu has been recalled to Ankara for consultations over the decision.

The Turkish president said the decision would affect relations between Germany and Turkey, adding that Ankara’s first step would be to recall its ambassador for consultations.

Erdoğan said Turkey would discuss the issue and make a final decision after these consultations.

“This decision that the German Parliament has taken is actually a decision that will seriously affect Germany-Turkey relations. We will make evaluations after returning [to Turkey] about steps to be taken. Then we will take the necessary steps that we have to take,” Erdoğan told reporters in Kenya.

Prime Minister Binalı Yıldırım said Ankara could “not accept” such a decision.

“This decision approved in Germany is a mistaken one. There is no shameful incident in our past. This is not a decision that Turkey could ever approve,” Yıldırım said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu took to Twitter to criticize the vote.

“The way to close dark pages in [Germany’s] own history is not to defame the history of other countries with irresponsible and baseless parliament decisions,” Çavuşoğlu tweeted.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has also dismissed the decision as “null and void.”

“We are deeply saddened by the German Federal Parliament’s approval of the bill that defines the 1915 incidents as genocide. We strongly condemn this. The decision is null and void for us,” CHP Deputy Chair Öztürk Yılmaz said.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has also condemned the approval of the bill.

“Although the German government does not want to accept it, the Turkish nation has a taintless, glorious and noble history. The Nationalist Movement Party condemns the distorted decision of the German Federal Parliament and awaits the urgent correction of this serious mistake,” MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said.


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  1. Satenik said:

    There is Erdogan doing and saying what Erdogan does “best”. Does anyone really care about this insane sultan? Germany has told him where to go!

  2. Raffi said:

    I am willing to pay for a one-way ticket from Germany to Ankara for their ambassador–first class. Their medieval threats and tantrums further confirm their committed efforts to coercion, revisionism, and fundamentalism. How about we offer to axe them from NATO, get the Kurds to oust the current government to be treated like Gaddafi (piercing stick and all). They can roll up their tails, place them between their legs, and send them to the jungles of Mongolia where they came from.

  3. Jacque said:

    Well, I think it’s time to take Turkey to UN international humanitarian court and let the court decide its faith on this matter.
    If turkey wants the scientific and historical communities to decide if it was or not a GENOCIDE, the only place that could be done is in court. Let turkey bring its scholars and we will bring the truth and see what happens .

  4. Raffi said:

    Erdogan is as stubborn as a “Mule” instead of appreciating Germany’s gesture to help Turkey face it’s past, and come over with a problem that can’t and will not go away without making justice to Armenians, keeps making idiotic declarations that can only be expected from an absent minded person like him.

  5. GB said:

    Yes Mr. Rajaboghloo, fake scientists and historians have had enough of Turkish delights! It is time to tell the truth to your young Turkish generation. They had enough of lies!

  6. Arno said:

    Like an ostrich with it’s head buried deep in the sand Turkey has it’s head deep up its arse and keeps denying their yesterday. There is no nobility there, only savagery and death.