The German Foreign Ministry has advised Bundestag members of Turkish descent to refrain from visiting Turkey.
The German Bundestag on June 2 adopted a resolution on the recognition and the condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.
The vote was unanimous in supporting the resolution with just one MP voting against and another one abstaining.
Titled “Remembrance and commemoration of the Genocide of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the years 1915 and 1916,” the resolution passed with support from all the parties in Parliament. It was put forward by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, their partners in the government, the Social Democrats, and the opposition Greens.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – in a bitter reaction to the vote to recognize the 1915-1916 killings as genocide — singled out the Greens party co-chairman Cem Ozdemir, one of the instigators of the resolution.
Ozdemir has been placed under police protection after receiving anonymous death threats.