Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he addresses the members of an educational foundation in Istanbul, Monday, May 30, 2016. (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
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Germany's parliament votes Thursday on a resolution that brands the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, drawing a clear warning from Turkey's president that it would harm ties.The vote comes just over a year after President Joachim Gauck became Germany's highest ranking official to describe the massacre as a "genocide", sparking a fierce response from Turkey.Modern Turkey, the successor state to the Ottomans, rejects the claim, arguing that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.More than 20 nations, including France and Russia, have recognized the Armenian genocide, but Germany has not. Germany was then allied with the Ottomans, and deployed soldiers who participated in the deportations of Armenians, Gauck had said.Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who a year ago rejected Gauck's use of the word "genocide", said Tuesday he hoped the Bundestag vote would not derail efforts to reconcile Turkey and Armenia.
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