Germany Rejects Turkey’s Demand to Denounce Genocide Resolution

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo: Associated Press)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo: Associated Press)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo: Associated Press)

BERLIN—Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier rejected Ankara’s demand that official Berlin distance itself from the Bundestag’s Armenian Genocide recognition as a precondition for German lawmakers to gain access to the Incirlik air base to visit German soldiers stationed there.

On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusogly said that Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide, reported Reuters.

Turkey, angered by a resolution passed by the German parliament in June that described the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a genocide, has denied German lawmakers access to the base near the Syrian frontier.

“I don’t think this has anything to do with the matter and I have told this to my Turkish counterpart,” Steinmeier was quoted by the Deutsche Welle publication.

Steinmeier added that if Turkey continues denying German lawmakers access to the airbase, German troops dispatched there to fight ISIS will be withdrawn, reported Deutsche Welle.

“Since the federal parliament affirms the issue of foreign military missions in Incirlik, then it is necessary for the lawmakers to be able to visit the mission,” he asserted.

Also on Tuesday, Germany’s European Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, told the Bild newspaper that Turkey would probably not join the European Union while Recep Tayyip Erdogan was president.

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  1. vartan said:

    Europe does not need donkeys as a nation to join them . they better stay in their occupied lands and prey to their allah..

  2. Art Napetian said:

    Good job and God bless you Germany, please be careful, stand your ground, stick to your gun, Barbarians are shameless, they’ve got good resut from their instinct of shamelessness, just like Haynas.

  3. VIC said:

    1-ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WILL NOT GO AWAY, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE SUN FROM THE SKIES !!
    2-TRUTH AND FACTS CAN NOT BE CHANGED IN HISTORY, NO DIFFERENT THAN IMPRINTS AND PROOFS OF OUR BONES BEING BERRIED IN DESERTS AND HILLS WHERE TURKISH GOVERNMENT WAS THE PERPETRATORS OF ARMENIAN MASSACRE !!
    3- TURKISH BLOOD SUCKING GOVERNMENT BETTER KNOW ANOTHER FACT, YOU KILL AND BARRY ANY FRUIT OF ANY PLANT, THE FRUIT CARRIES 100 MORE SEEDS BEING BORN IN DIRT THAT WOULD GROW BACK ! WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY, THE TRUTH WILL NOT GO AWAY, JUSTICE OF YOU BEING CONVICTED FOR CRIME WILL ALSO WON’T GO AWAY !!
    TURKEY RUN, TURKEY HIDE, TURKEY ACCEPT THE GENOCIDE !!
    4- JESUS SAYS JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED, WHOM DO WE BELIEVE IN? BUNCH OF MONEY & POWER HUNGRY PEOPLE, OR GOD?
    MAY JESUS CONTINUE BLESSING THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE SEEKERS IN OUR HOLY CAUSE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ! AMEN !
    VIC GHARIBIAN, Fresno, Calif.

  4. Elizabeth Dodov said:

    The Turkish government successfully bullied most countries to deny the Armenian genocide. While so many countries have recognized it now, sadly the USA has yet to stand up to Turkey. Congratulations to the German government for having the strength and determination to take a stand.

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