Erdogan: Germany genocide resolution will 'seriously affect' ties with Turkey
ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that the German parliament's recognition of World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide would "seriously affect" ties.
"The resolution adopted by the German parliament will seriously affect relations between Germany and Turkey," Erdogan said in Nairobi after talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He confirmed Ankara has recalled its ambassador to Germany, Huseyin Avni Karslioglu, for consultations.
Germany's charge d'affaires in the capital has also been summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry later in the day, a spokesperson for German embassy in Ankara told AFP.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also slammed as "null and void" and a "historic mistake" the German parliament's resolution.
"The German parliament's recognition of 'distorted and groundless' allegations as 'genocide' is a historic mistake," Kurtulmus, who is also government spokesman, said on his official Twitter account.
German lawmakers overwhelmingly adopted the resolution, defying Turkey's warnings that the vote could severely damage bilateral ties.
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Kurtulmus said the decision was not beneficial for friendly relations between Turkey and Germany.
"This is an issue that needs to be finalised not by politicians or parliaments but by scientists and historians," he said.
Kurtulmus also warned that: "Of course, as Turkey, we will give an appropriate response to this decision on every level."
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blasted the "irresponsible" move by German parliamentarians and accused Germany of seeking to distract from its own dark history of the Third Reich.
"The way to cover up dark pages in their own history is not to blacken other countries' history through irresponsible and groundless parliament resolutions," he wrote on Twitter.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who hours before the vote warned Berlin that the move would "test" the friendship with Germany, called the resolution "erroneous."
Senior MP Burhan Kuzu, a member of the executive committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), went even further with an extraordinary attack on Twitter: "The German infidel has again done what they (infidels) do."
He added: "I've always said that Germany has never been a real friend. The Ottomans were dissolved because of them."
Imperial Germany was a key ally of the Ottoman Empire in its last decades and both fought against the Allied powers in World War I.
Yerevan has long sought international recognition of the term "genocide" for the killings and mass deportations that took place from 1915.
But Ankara rejects the use of the term to describe the World War I-era killings and argues that it was a collective tragedy in which equal numbers of Turks and Armenians died.