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Armenia Genocide vote will harm, but not destroy German ties: Turkish PM

Turkey and Germany are “two very important allies” and the German parliament’s qualification of World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide will not destroy their relations, Turkey’s prime minister said Friday, AFP reports.

“Germany and Turkey are two very important allies. No one should expect that relations will suddenly deteriorate completely because of this decision or similar decisions,” Binali Yildirim told a news conference.

“That doesn’t mean however that we will not react, that we will say nothing.”

The comments came a day after Turkey reacted with fury to the vote, recalling its ambassador to Germany for consultations and threatening further measures.

Berlin’s lower house of parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution on the 1915-16 killings – one MP voted against and another abstained – in a move touching a raw nerve in Turkish-European relations.

 

Yildirim Friday also said he considered the vote “seriously damages relations between Germany and Turkey”, and said the “appropriate responses” will be made.

But he added that “we will continue our relationship with our friends, with our allies.”

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