Germany’s Bundestag debates Ottoman ‘genocide’ of Armenians
Germany’s lower house has met to debate its classification of the 1915 slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. An official draft is believed to refer to “genocide” indirectly, with opposition parties calling for more.
Bundestag President Norbert Lammert opened the debate to mark the centenary of the killings by himself directly referring to the mass killings as genocide.
“What happened before the eyes of the world in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War was a genocide,” said Lammert.
The Bundestag president called on the present Turkish government to accept responsibility for what had resulted from the genocide, while stressing that it was not directly responsible.
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Source News: DW