Earlier within the month, the German parliament authorised a decision recognizing the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century in the past as genocide.
Following the vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the MPs who voted for the decision of being terrorists and having tainted blood.
In accordance with a report printed by the German newspaper Der Spiegel on Saturday, the MPs had been requested to not journey to Turkey as “their safety couldn’t be assured.”
Cem Özdemir, Germany’s Inexperienced Get together chief and one of many principal proponents of the decision, has obtained demise threats.
“I consider what occurs if somebody goes nuts and does avenue justice,” he stated about touring to Turkey.
“It’s unspeakable to know for the primary time that it’s not attainable to fly there,” stated Aydan Ozoguz, a Socialist Democratic Get together MP. “Erdogan wants to understand that we’re not an extension of Turkey,” she stated.
The report notes that Germany’s MPs with Turkish origins have already been pressured to cancel enterprise and household journeys to Turkey over fears of retribution.
On Wednesday, Erdogan introduced that Ankara is planning retaliatory measures in case Germany doesn’t overturn the decision.
“Firstly, Germany should reverse course from this flawed step within the coming interval. If Germany doesn’t return from this flawed step, in fact, we’ll assess this example and our subsequent steps will differ,” he stated.
“The method after this won’t be prefer it has been prior to now. There’s a course of proper now in Germany, the place there are three to three.5 million Turks. After this, this course of will proceed in a way more cautious, rather more managed style,” he added.
Armenians say as much as 1.5 million Armenian Christians had been systematically slaughtered in jap Turkey by mass killing, pressured relocations and hunger, a course of that started in 1915 and took over a number of years throughout World Struggle I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
Ankara rejects the time period “genocide” and says 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians, and at the very least as many Turks perished between 1915 and 1917, in what the Turkish authorities sees because the “casualties” of World Struggle I. Just a few nations, together with France and Russia, formally acknowledge the occasions as genocide.