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Merkel: Statements from Turkey’s leader “incomprehensible”

BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she finds “incomprehensible” comments that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made following the German Parliament’s resolution labeling the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago “genocide.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuked Turkey over accusations made against German lawmakers of Turkish origin. Ankara hit out after Berlin passed a resolution declaring the 1915 Armenian massacre, "genocide."

Speaking during a joint news conference with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev in Berlin on Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated comments made by her spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday, saying that lawmakers in Germany's lower house of parliament are "freely elected without exception."

Erdogan said Germany should revisit its own history, invoking the Nazi Holocaust.

He also derided German lawmakers of Turkish origin who voted for the resolution, saying they should be given blood tests to prove whether they are really Turkish. Several have subsequently reported receiving threats.

Merkel on Tuesday also responded that Turkish Parliament had included references to the Nazi Holocaust in its resolution, and that Germany has not only dealt with its Nazi past but feels “duty-bound” to continue to do so.

“I simply find the accusations, or rather the statements the Turkish side made, incomprehensible,” she said.

Armweeklynews [08.06.2016]
Merkel: Statements from Turkey’s leader “incomprehensible”