: RFE/RL: German lawmakers recognize Ottoman killings of Armenians as genocide

16:44 Jun. 2, 2016

RFE/RL: German lawmakers recognize Ottoman killings of Armenians as genocide

Lawmakers cast their vote during a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo)

Turkey recalls its ambassador in Germany

Germany's lower house of parliament has approved a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I by Ottoman forces as a "genocide," unleashing a furious reaction from Ottoman successor state Turkey.

The five-page, symbolic resolution passed in the Bundestag on June 2 calls for a "commemoration of the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities in the years 1915 and 1916," when up to 1.5 million ethnic Armenians are thought to have been massacred.

Turkey adamantly opposes the characterization of the killings as a genocide.

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