German lawmakers call massacre of Armenians 'genocide', defying Turkey

April 24, 2015 10:30 AM

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German lawmakers call massacre of Armenians 'genocide', defying Turkey

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German parliament overwhelmingly approved on Friday a resolution branding the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a century ago as "genocide", risking a diplomatic rupture with Ankara.

The vote marks a significant change of stance for Germany, Turkey's biggest trade partner in the European Union and home to a large ethnic Turkish diaspora. Unlike France and some two dozen other countries, Berlin has long resisted using the word.

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