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German ambassador summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry — media

June 02, 17:02 UTC+3 ANKARA
Earlier in the day, Turkey recalled its Ambassador to Berlin Avni Karslıoğlu for consultations
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ANKARA, June 2 /TASS/. Germany's ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry after the German parliament had passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, the N-TV channel reported on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Turkey recalled its Ambassador to Berlin Avni Karslıoğlu for consultations.

Germany’s Bundestag unanimously adopted on Thursday a resolution calling mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire genocide despite Turkey’s protests.

Only one MP voted against the document, while another one abstained.

The document is titled "In remembrance and commemoration of the genocide of the Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire 101 years ago."

Representatives of the Turkish community of Germany spoke against the resolution. They believe it is going to poison the public climate in a country where about 3 million Turks live. In a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for reason and common sense in connection with the German parliament’s plans. Turkish new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has described the vote as farcical.

Ankara does not recognize the term "genocide", which some countries use to characterize the events that took place in the Ottoman Empire early in the 20th century. Turkey insists that both Turks and Armenians suffered in those clashes, which it classifies as fratricidal war.

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