Turkey on Monday strongly warned the German parliament against adopting a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as genocide, saying it could have repercussions for bilateral ties.
The German lower house of parliament is set to vote on Thursday on the resolution over the two years of slaughter from 1915, which carries the contested word “genocide” throughout the text.
“Germany is our friend and our ally where many citizens of Turkish origin live,” said deputy prime minister and government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus. “Germany must be careful concerning its relations with Turkey.”
“I do not think that the German parliament will destroy this relationship for the sake of two or three politicians” who put the resolution before the Bundestag, he added.
The debate over the resolution also comes at a hugely sensitive time in Berlin-Ankara relations.
Armenians say up to 1.5 million were killed between 1915 and 1917 in a targeted campaign of genocide by top Ottoman officials to wipe out their people from Anatolia.