Turkish political analyst: Germany not entitled to assess 1915 events as "Armenian genocide"
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 1
By Orkhan Quluzade - Trend:
Germany is not entitled to assess the 1915 events as "Armenian genocide", Mehmet Perincek, well-known Turkish political analyst, told Trend over phone June 1.
Perincek said that according to the international law, only regional court in the area where the "genocide" took place, as well as the International Criminal Court can make a decision on "genocide".
"If Germany's Bundestag (parliament) adopts a resolution recognizing the 1915 events as the so-called Armenian genocide, then the Turks, living in Germany, will be mainly affected, as this decision can intensify Islamophobia in Germany," Perincek said.
Berlin-Ankara relations can worsen, if Germany's Bundestag adopts a resolution recognizing the 1915 events as "Armenian genocide", Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said June 1.
"Turkey hopes that Germany will show common sense with regard to the events of 1915," Yildirim said.
The prime minister added that there has never been genocide in the history of Turkey.
Earlier, it was reported that the German parliament plans to adopt a resolution recognizing the 1915 events as "genocide of Armenians" June 2.
Previously, Turkish authorities have repeatedly made gestures to Armenia. The then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message to the Armenian people on April 24, 2014 is one of such recent gestures.
Erdogan said in that message that the events of 1915 were a difficult time not only for Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, committed the so-called genocide against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915.
While strengthening the propaganda of "genocide" in the world, Armenians achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.