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Turkey snubs Germany after Merkel’s govt labels Armenia slaughter as genocide

Armenian Holocaust

TURKEY is snubbing Germany’s ambassador following a political spat over the Armenian genocide.

Last month the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, passed a resolution branding the death of over a million Armenians a century ago as genocide.

It was passed with a majority in the country’s parliament, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the wake of the announcement, Turkey immediately recalled its ambassador from Berlin.

Despite the atrocity taking place in 1915-16, Ankara still fiercely maintains that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians – and the same amount of Turks – perished in the civil unrest.

The killing happened when the Armenians rose up against the then Ottoman Empire, and the incident is also referred to as the Armenian Holocaust.

Shortly after the vote Turkey, led by President Recep Erdogan, announced an “action plan” on how to deal with the resolution.

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The killing happened when the Armenians rose up against the then Ottoman Empire

But ever since the decree, Germany’s ambassador, Martin Erdmann, has been refused any appointments with the Foreign Ministry in the capital, and in other governmental departments.

He claims his requests for meetings have gone unanswered.

Lower ranking diplomats have managed to secure meetings, but they have all needed personal approval from Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu.

And senior civil servants in the Turkish government have been denied permission to visit German military personnel at the Incirlik air base, despite them being part of a coalition fighting Isis.

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Germany’s ambassador, Martin Erdmann, has been refused any appointments with the Foreign Ministry.

The snub is the latest display of frosty relations between the two countries.

Recently the Turkish government demanded Germany take action after a crude poem was penned, insulting president Erdogan.

But the two countries are bound by what is known as the EU-Turkey deal, whereby Ankara has controversially agreed to take back refugees who cross in to Europe from their shores.

The country has been thrown into the spotlight after an attempted coup earlier this month.

The president has been rounding up military officials and is embarking on a purge of public sector workers as he attempts to weed out the coup supporters.

The country has been thrown into the spotlight after an attempted coup earlier this month

The country has been thrown into the spotlight after an attempted coup earlier this month

The country has been thrown into the spotlight after an attempted coup earlier this month
In the wake of the botched uprising Mr Erdogan has also toyed with the idea of bringing back the death penalty, something all EU members are required to abolish.




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