German MEP Pretzell: “Genocide recognition and genocide prevention!”

Copyright: Olaf Kosinsky/Skillshare.eu
Copyright: Olaf Kosinsky/Skillshare.eu

German MEP Marcus Pretzell of the eurosceptic AfD party sharply criticized the Bundestag debate about the recognition of the Armenian genocide as an “unworthy theater”. Pretzell described the “aggressive actions” of the Turkish lobby groups that want to prevent the recognition as “shocking”. “Erdogan uses migrant lobby groups as his infantry in Europe”, said Pretzell. The MEP continued: “The political pressure exerted by Ankara on the elected representatives of the Bundestag is unacceptable.”

Pretzell continued:

“The recognition of the historic genocide of the Armenians remains a mere lip service if one refuses simultaneously to draw lessons for the present. In the war in Syria since 2011, Christians again, including especially Syrian Armenians, are targeted, killed and displaced. The Armenian diaspora in Syria are the descendants of Armenians who escaped the Turkish cutthroats hundred years ago. Ankara today supports the so-called ´rebels´ in Syria including precisely those terrorists that attack, kill and expel Armenians again. History seems to repeat itself. Therefore, the recognition of the genocide of 1915 remains dull gesture politics if we just passively watch today´s events. The Berlin government should therefore draw the political consequences from the anti-Armenian policy of Turkey: No more negotiations with the Turkish Erdogan government, no agreements with Ankara, no visa-free regime for Turkey. Instead, tightening the visa regime, immediate halting of the extended sanctions against Syria which hinder the Syrian forces from their fight against terrorism. Who is serious about the commemoration of the 1915 genocide cannot look away from the creeping genocide of today. That would be cynical.”