Turkish Prime Minister: Ottoman Armenians Ordinary Victims of WWI

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım

The newly appointed Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated that the events that took place in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire were ordinary events and similar to others that took place in the world during the world war one. Prime Minister Yildirim criticized Germany for including the Armenian Genocide resolution into the agenda of the German parliament, qualifying the resolution as complete absurdity.

On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief advisor Ihsan Sener claimed that Germany has been subjected to Armenian diaspora’s games and lies.

Contrary to Ihsan Saner’s announcement, the German Spiegel Online reports that thousands of emails have been sent out by the Turkish community to German MPs, threatening the politicians and calling them names in connection with Berlin’s latest attempts to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide. Journalists covering the subject have also been threatened with elimination or messages saying, “Your end will be like that of Hrant Dink.”

The German parliament or the Bundestag will be discussing a resolution titled “Remembrance and commemoration of the genocide of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the years 1915 and 1916”. Lately, this resolution has been criticized by Turkish officials and politicians who stressed on more than one occasion that the adoption of this resolution will have a negative impact on relations between Turkey and Germany in particular and Turkey and the European Union in general.