The German parliament has withstood a barrage of pressure from the Turkish government, approving a symbolic resolution that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a ‘genocide’.
The vote was almost unanimous in supporting the resolution with just one MP voting against and another abstaining. The move was largely expected and was supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, the German leader was forced to skip the vote due to prior commitments.
While Turkey has always acknowledged the event in question, they have argued two things: the numbers involved (they alleged around 500,000; the reality is probably closer to 1.5 million) and its classification as genocide.
Turkey claims that the 1915 event was a massacre--making it an act of war. What several nations have already done, however, is come out stating that it was not a massacre but genocide--the intentional eradication of a race of people.
If Turkey's Armenian...altercation were a genocide, they could be made to pay reparations or else cause trouble with both Armenia and the United Nations.
For a list of countries that currently recognize the Armenian Genocide, click here.
Turkey obviously doesn't want Germany joining that list. The World Stage is escalating daily.