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Davutoglu asks Merkel not to use the word genocide

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has personally asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel not to use the word ‘genocide’ in a Bundestag resolution to be considered Friday, Die Welt reports.

The two leaders discussed the issue on phone Tuesday. Davutoglu claimed “the term genocide cannot be applied to the massacre of the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, as the term was coined only after the Second World War.”

On Friday, the Bundestag will vote on a bill, which states that “a planned expulsion and extermination of over a million ethnic Armenians” was “an example of mass destruction, ethnic cleansing, deportation, genocide, of which the 20th century is marked in such a terrible way.”

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