Turkish-German lawmaker expects end to diplomatic dispute

A Turkish-German lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party said on Saturday he expects both countries will be able to settle their differences in a dispute over a German resolution declaring the mass killings of Armenians as genocide.

A German government spokesman said on Friday that the parliamentary resolution passed in May was "not legally binding," in what was interpreted as an attempt to mitigate the diplomatic row with Turkey.

"I welcome the German government's statement and am optimistic that the measures made after the Armenia resolution can be put aside," Mustafa Yeneroglu told dpa in Istanbul.

Turkish officials had blocked German political delegations from visiting the country's Incirlik air base in Turkey in response to Berlin passing the resolution on the mass killing of Armenians in 1915-16.

Turkey, the Ottoman Empire's successor state, accepts that many Armenians were killed during the conflict, but vehemently objects to the word "genocide."

Meanwhile a government spokesman on defence said several German politicians were planning another attempt to visit the Incirlik base amid hopes of an end to the dispute.

"We want to fly to Turkey on October 4th," Rainer Arnold of the governing Social Democratic Party told the told the Frankfurter Rundschau daily on Saturday.

Germany is supporting the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State from its air base in Turkey, where more than 200 of its soldiers are stationed.

Last update: Sat, 03/09/2016 - 13:52
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