June 2, 2016 / 7:37 AM / a year ago

Turkish PM says 'irrational' for Germany to approve genocide resolution

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday it would be “irrational” for the German parliament to approve a symbolic resolution that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide”.

Demonstrators wave Turkish flags in front of the Reichstag, the seat of the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2016, as they protest against a disputed vote in Germany's parliament on Thursday, on a resolution that labels the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide. Words read ' The German People' REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

In a speech to officials from his ruling AK Party, Yildirim said the vote in Berlin, scheduled for Thursday, would be a test of the friendship between the two allies.

He also said security operations would continue against Kurdish militants until they cease attacks on security forces and lay down their weapons.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Daren Butler

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