Er­do­gan blasts ‘tainted blood’ of Ger­man MPs over geno­cide vote

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­TAN­BUL—Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has ac­cused Ger­man law­mak­ers of Turk­ish ori­gin in the Ger­man par­lia­ment of hav­ing “tainted blood” af­ter they backed a res­o­lu­tion recog­nis­ing mas­sacres of Ar­me­ni­ans in the Ot­toman Em­pire as geno­cide.

Eleven Ger­man MPs with Turk­ish roots, led by the co-chair­man of The Greens Cem Ozdemir, backed the res­o­lu­tion which has caused ac­ri­mo­nious ex­changes be­tween Ankara and Berlin.

“Do oc­ca­sion­ally some peo­ple that have tainted blood turn up? Of course they do. But our na­tion gives them the les­son they de­serve,” Er­do­gan said in a speech late Wed­nes­day.

He said that such peo­ple with “tainted blood” in­clude “ter­ror­ists” and their sup­port­ers, in ref­er­ence to the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK).—APP

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