Turkey recalls envoy to Germany over Bundestag “genocide” motion

ISTANBUL, June 2 (KUNA) — The motion approved by the German Bundestag (lower house) on Thursday to recognize the deaths of Armenians in 1915 as genocide has drawn backlash from Ankara.
Shortly after the controversial move, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that he recalled Turkey’s ambassador to Germany for consultations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Ottoman popular market in Ankara, he denounced the resolution as “fallacious,” and “a big mistake.” The Turkish people are proud that their history has no shameful deeds, Yildirim affirmed, noting that the German parliamentary resolution is totally unacceptable as long as it is not backed by a verdict from the international human rights court.
On a similar note, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now on a visit to Kenya, said the German vote will seriously affect the ties between the two countries.
He noted that he consults with the prime minister and other Turkish officials over the next step Ankara might take after he concludes his African trip.
At a joint press conference with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Erdogan affirmed that the Turkish Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador to Germany summoned Germany’s charge d’Affaires in Ankara. (end) ta.hss.gb