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Central Council of Jews in Germany advocates calling events of 1915 genocide

Central Council of Jews in Germany advocates calling events of 1915 genocide

 The Central Council of Jews in Germany advocates calling the events of 1915 genocide. 

DW reports that in the run-up to discussions in the German parliament, the leader of the Central Council of Jews in Germany declared the killings to have been genocide.

"What happened a hundred years ago in the Ottoman Empire, the deportation and murder of more than a million Armenians, was a genocide," the Council's president, Josef Schuster, told the Passauer Neue Presse.

Turkey has fiercely lobbied to stop countries recognizing the 1915 massacres as genocide. It recalled its ambassador to the Vatican earlier this month after Pope Francis used the term. On Thursday, it recalled its ambassador in Vienna over a condemnation of the killings as genocide by Austrian lawmakers.

To recall, Israel refuses to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide and has turned this issue into a kind of tool of pressure on Ankara, whose current relations with Tel Aviv are rather tense. 

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