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Turkey recalls ambassador to Germany after international relations soured by historic genocide recognition

Published 02/06/2016 | 13:54

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to the media during a visit in the Turkish-administered northern part of Cyprus, June 1, 2016
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to the media during a visit in the Turkish-administered northern part of Cyprus, June 1, 2016

Turkey's Prime Minister has said German MPs have made an "historic error" in recognising the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.

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Binali Yildirim said Turkey is recalling its ambassador to Germany for consultations after the decision taken by the German parliament.

The vote has heightened tensions between Germany and Turkey at a time when Ankara is playing a key role in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

Mr Yildirim said Turkish people take pride in in their past and that "there is no event in our past that would cause us to bow down our heads in embarrassment".

The resolution was passed with support from all the parties in the parliament. It was put forward by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc, their partners in the government, the Social Democrats, and the opposition Greens.

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