CONDEMNATION OF THE BUNDESTAG


27/11/2016





Members of the Foreign Policy Commission Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) have condemned the planned decision of the German federal parliament Bundestag regarding Armenian claims.
The statement signed by members of the commission from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reads:
“No one gives any credibility to claims that this proposed law, which is one of the worst examples of exploiting suffering of the past for political gain today, is Germany taking up its ‘special historical responsibilities’ or ‘support for Turks and Armenians to overcome the rifts of the past.’ Genocide is not a concept that can be exploited politically. It is clearly and ultimately defined by international law. Just as there is no relevant court ruling which has defined the events of 1915 as genocide, the October 15th 2015 Perinçek v. Switzerland ruling of the European Court of Human Rights has established that there is no historical consensus over the matter. We believe that the Bundestag imposing an indisputable official view of the events of 1915 against international and European law will eventually come to be questioned by the German people it represents.”
The statement also emphasised that there are hundreds of thousands of German citizens of Turkish origin living in Germany and that the proposed bill would impose a divide between Turks and Germans.
Mete Ersöz

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