sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

Germany recognize co-responsibility in the crimes committed against the Armenian people

During an ecumenical ceremony in Berlin, the German President, Joachim Gauck, acknowledged for the first time the co-responsibility of his country, while ally of the Ottoman Empire, in the crimes committed against the Armenian people a century ago.

"The fate of the Armenians is also an example of the history of mass exterminations, ethnic cleansing, deportations and genocides that marked the 20TH century horribly," said Gauck.

In refusing the term "genocide", the Turkey evokes the civil war in Anatolia and the famine that caused the death of between 300 000 and 500 000 Armenians and Turks.

"We have problems with those who exploit these incidents. We have problems with the Armenian diaspora which wants to use the issue for political gains. We are always available to talk with Armenian leaders, "said the Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan.

About 1.5 million Armenians are said to have been victims of crimes committed between 1915 and 1917.

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