Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.
"An example of ignorance and disrespect". That was how Turkey described the decision by German legislators to overwhelmingly adopt a resolution Thursday declaring the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide.
Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their mainly Christian people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term "genocide".
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the resolution would seriously affect relations with Germany, and that the government would consider further measures in response to the vote. "I have recently consulted the prime minister and we have agreed on the fact to call back our ambassador [from Germany] for further consultations to Turkey," he told reporters.
"When the ambassador comes back we are going to sit down and we are going to discuss these issues which have the potential of creating significant tensions and have the potential of impacting the relations between Germany and Turkey," he added.
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