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Turkish newspapers on Thursday continued to cover today’s German parliamentary vote on a controversial resolution to classify the deaths of Armenians during 1915 relocation as ‘genocide’.
“Think long and hard, Berlin,” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that Chancellor Angela Merkel would not attend today’s vote.
Citing Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the newspaper wrote: “This is absurd voting. For us, this is invalid business.”
The resolution alleges that the Ottoman government of 1915 carried out systematic 'genocide' against Armenians, as well as against other minorities.
Ankara denies the alleged genocide but acknowledges that there were casualties on both sides during the events which took place during World War I.
Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as ‘genocide’ but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides.
“Very absurd voting,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting that PM Yildirim harshly criticized the resolution.
According to the newspaper, Yildirim said: “It is one of the ordinary events that could take place in any country or any society under the conditions of World War I in 1915.”
“We do not have anything secret or hidden. Let everything be investigated. But, let historians do this,” Yildirim was quoted as saying by MILLIYET.
Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts, to tackle the issue.
“Critical day,” was VATAN’s headline. The daily wrote that Germany, which was an ally of the Ottomans during the First World War, would vote on “1915 incidents”.
According to the daily, the draft text of the resolution states: “As Germany, we played a disgraceful role in not trying to stop a crime against humanity [in 1915].”
The newspaper also reported that thousands of Turks gathered in Berlin to protest against the resolution.
Featuring a photograph of the flag-waving protesters, SABAH wrote that if the resolution is passed, one hundred years of Turkish-German relations would receive a fatal blow.
If approved Thursday, the resolution would be the first passed by a German parliament clearly classifying the 1915 events as “genocide”.
Turkish newspapers also covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to Uganda.
“UN cannot do justice,” was VATAN’s headline, reporting that Erdogan slammed the veto power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
According to the daily, Erdogan said there was no African or Muslim country among the permanent members.
“We should place rotating membership among the member states at the UN Security Council. Both Turkey and Uganda should take part there,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.
The UN Security Council, which has primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, has 15 members, including five permanent members with veto power over any resolution: China, France, Britain, the U.S. and Russia.
Permanent members are often criticized for using their veto to protect their interests or those of their allies.
“UN transformation is a must,” was AKSAM’s headline.
In economic news, DUNYA wrote that 50,000 retails stores had closed in Turkey amid an increase in e-commerce.
The newspaper wrote that most brands in Turkey were leaning towards using online retail.
According to the daily, the number of Turkish stores was 450,000 in 2014 and this figure dropped to 400,000 in 2015.