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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:33 AM

Angela Merkel visits Armenian Genocide Memorial

 

YEREVAN. – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on an official visit to Yerevan, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on Friday (PHOTOS).

Chancellor was accompanied by Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Acting Mayor of Yerevan Kamo Areyan.



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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:34 AM



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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:37 AM

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:37 AM

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:38 AM

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:39 AM

Germany’s parliament recognized the massacres as genocide in a resolution overwhelmingly adopted in June 2016. It also acknowledged that Germany, then a military ally of Ottoman Turkey, did nothing to stop the killings.

The resolution was drafted by lawmakers representing the main parliamentary factions, including Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Although the German leader did not take part in the vote, she reportedly backed the measure in an internal party straw poll.

At a joint news conference with Pashinian held later on Friday, Merkel stressed the importance of her visit to the Tsitsernakabert memorial, saying that it was in tune with the Bundestag resolution. But she stopped short of uttering the word “genocide” and referred instead to the “terrible events that befell the Armenian people in 1915.”



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Posted 24 August 2018 - 01:10 PM

Coward!!!!!!!!!!! how difficult it is to say the "Genocide" word, specially when your own country were involved in it. The parliament called it as one, but the scared witch is unable to do so because the fake sultan ErDOGan will slap her senseless. Shame shame and double shame for hypocrisy.  


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:23 AM

Coward!!!!!!!!!!! how difficult it is to say the "Genocide" word, specially when your own country were involved in it. The parliament called it as one, but the scared witch is unable to do so because the fake sultan ErDOGan will slap her senseless. Shame shame and double shame for hypocrisy.  

Commentary

            Despite an Encouraging Visit to Armenia,

            Chancellor Merkel Didn’t Say Genocide

            By Harut Sassounian

            Publisher, The California Courier

            www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Georgia, Armenia
and Azerbaijan. Media reports indicated that her visit to Armenia and
meetings with its leadership were very constructive. Armenian-German
political, cultural and trade relations are expected to expand.
Merkel’s visit resulted in a much needed boost for Armenia’s new
democratic government.

One of the sensitive issues that both Armenians and the international
community were carefully following was Chancellor Merkel’s comments on
the Armenian Genocide. The German Parliament (Bundestag) almost
unanimously adopted a resolution in 2016 recognizing the Armenian
Genocide and declared that “the German Empire bears partial complicity
in the events.”

Immediately after the adoption of the Genocide resolution, Turkey
withdrew its ambassador from Berlin and threatened to cut off ties
with Germany. Relations between Germany and Turkey remain tense for a
variety of reasons, but are expected to improve after Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s forthcoming visit to Germany in late
September.

While in Yerevan, Chancellor Merkel paid a visit to the Armenian
Genocide Memorial. She laid a wreath in memory of the 1.5 million
Armenian victims and planted a tree at an adjacent park. However,
Merkel avoided the use of the term genocide in Yerevan, describing
Turkey’s mass killings as “heinous crimes against Armenians” which
“cannot and must not be forgotten.” She also stated that she had
visited the Genocide Memorial “in the spirit of the Bundestag 2016
resolution.” She clarified that the language used was “a political,
not a legal classification.”

Despite Merkel’s goodwill toward Armenia and her very positive
statements, I hope that Armenia’s leaders reminded her that the proper
term to describe the planned extermination of 1.5 million Armenians is
“Genocide,” not simply “heinous crimes.”

Armenia’s leaders could have informed Chancellor Merkel of a recent
report by Ben Knight of Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) about the
weapons provided by the German Reich to the Ottoman Turkish forces to
carry out the Armenian Genocide.

According to DW, “Mauser, Germany’s main manufacturer of small arms in
both world wars, supplied the Ottoman Empire with millions of rifles
and handguns, which were used in the genocide with the active support
of German officers.” Furthermore, quoting from a report by “Global
Net—Stop the Arms Trade,” DW stated that “the Turkish army was also
equipped with hundreds of cannons produced by the Essen-based company
Krupp, which were used in Turkey’s assault on Armenian resistance
fighters holding out on the Musa Dagh Mountain in 1915.”

The author of the Global Net report, Wolfgang Landgraeber, wrote that
“Mauser really had a rifle monopoly for the Ottoman Empire.”

DW revealed that “many of the firsthand German accounts in the report
come from letters by Major Graf Eberhard Wolffskehl, who was stationed
in the southeastern Turkish city of Urfa in October 1915. Urfa was
home to a substantial population of Armenians, who barricaded
themselves inside houses against the Turkish infantry. Wolffskehl was
serving as chief of staff to Fakhri Pasha, deputy commander of the
Ottoman 4th Army, which had been called in as reinforcement.”

In a letter to his wife, Major Wolffskehl shamelessly bragged about
the killing of Armenians by German troops in Urfa: “They [the
Armenians] had occupied the houses south of the church in numbers.
When our artillery fire struck the houses and killed many people
inside, the others tried to retreat into the church itself. But ...
they had to go around the church across the open church courtyard. Our
infantry had already reached the houses to the left of the courtyard
and shot down the people fleeing across the church courtyard in piles.
All in all the infantry, which I used in the main attack ... acquitted
itself very well and advanced very dashingly.”

Landgraeber also reported that “while German companies provided the
guns, and German soldiers the expert advice on how to use them, German
officers also laid the ideological foundations” for the Armenian
Genocide.

German Navy Attache Hans Humann, a member of the German-Turkish
officer corps and close friend of the Ottoman Empire’s war minister,
Enver Pasha, wrote: “The Armenians—because of their conspiracy with
the Russians -- will be more or less exterminated. That is hard, but
useful.”

Furthermore, Landgraeber wrote in his report about “the Prussian major
general Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, a key figure who became a vital
military adviser to the Ottoman court in 1883 and saw himself as a
lobbyist for the German arms industry and supported both Mauser and
Krupp in their efforts to secure Turkish commissions. (He once boasted
in his diary, ‘I can claim that without me the rearmament of the
[Turkish] army with German models would not have happened.’)” Goltz
“helped persuade the Sultan to try and end the Armenian question once
and for all!”

The above quotations support the admission by Bundestag’s 2016
resolution that Germany was complicit in the Armenian Genocide and
German President Joachim Gauck’s acknowledgment in 2015 about
Germany’s “co-responsibility” for the Armenian Genocide. Being well
aware of these facts, Chancellor Merkel should have called the
Armenian Genocide by its proper name: Genocide.






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