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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Merkel re-betrays the Armenians to please Turkey

Turkish government circles are apparently satisfied with the recent opinion of the Federal Government on the Armenian resolution of the Bundestag. "We see matters generally more positively," said the spokesman for the Turkish embassy in Berlin, Refik Soğukoğlu, to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had indeed pointed out earlier, the federal government does not dissociate itself from the resolution of the beginning of June. At the same time, they made it clear that they do not feel legally bound by the resolution. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert added that without special reason such resolutions of the Bundestag are not "legally binding".

Embassy spokesman Soğukoğlu refers now in particular to two observations of the Government Spokesman. "We appreciate Seibert's statement that it is for the courts to decide what is genocide - and not the Parliament," he said. "In addition, we agree to Seibert's assessment that the federal government does not always have to have the same opinion as the Bundestag."

The Green Party foreign policy spokesman, Jürgen Trittin accused the federal government of being in a state of denial of reality in its policy towards Turkey. “Turkey is a difficult neighbour and both in the refugee crisis and the Syria conflict more part of the problem than part of the solution, he told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. "Wobbling from side to side does not help here."

The resolution of the Bundestag had classified the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, since which the relationship between German and Turkish government has been difficult. The Turkish government has forbidden German parliamentarians to visit the airforce base at Incirlik after the Bundestag decision. Bundeswehr soldiers are stationed there.

Following recent developments, several members of the Bundestag have announced they want to visit the NATO base. The defence spokesman of the SPD faction, Rainer Arnold, told the Frankfurter Rundschau, the travel plans of the politicians involved in defence issues remain: "We want to fly to Turkey on 4 October." The federal government did not fulfil the wishes of Turkey, added Arnold. "But if that is now the bridge over which you can walk, it's all OK with me."

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The history of the Armenian Genocide, while the German government plays politics. It is said that Hitler used the Genocide as prototype for his own organised mass murder. Genocide denial is a way of life in Turkey.
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