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6/7/16

Germany: Merkel rejects Turkey′s ′incomprehensible′ comments amid Armenian genocide row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuked Turkey over accusations made against German lawmakers of Turkish origin. Ankara hit out after Berlin passed a resolution declaring the 1915 Armenian massacre, "genocide."

Speaking during a joint news conference with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev in Berlin on Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated comments made by her spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday June 6, 2016, saying that lawmakers in Germany's lower house of parliament are "freely elected without exception."

"The accusations and statements which have been made by the Turkish side are incomprehensible," Merkel said.

"It was clear with the passing of the resolution that there is a difference of views between the majority of the Bundestag and the Turkish side," said Merkel, stressing that she would push for direct talks between Turkey and Armenia.

Read more: Merkel rejects Turkey′s ′incomprehensible′ comments amid Armenian genocide row | News | DW.COM | 07.06.2016

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