Armenian leader meets Merkel to discuss Azerbaijan tensions, genocide

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, almost one year after her country acknowledged the campaign against Armenians under Turkish rule was genocidal and that German actions were partly to blame.

Sargsyan is scheduled to hold talks with Merkel at the chancellery, followed by a meeting with President Joachim Gauck at his residence.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeiner are also set to hold talks in the capital.

While fresh tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus mountains are likely to loom large in the talks, the countries' leaders will also discuss Germany's role in the deportation of Armenians under Ottoman rule.

Just under one year ago, Merkel's ruling coalition presented a parliamentary resolution that described Turkish actions against Armenians in 1915 as genocidal. Turkey acknowledges the killings, but says they do not constitute genocide.

Gauck acknowledged last year that German military advisers helped to coordinate the deportations of Armenians at the time and that his country was "in some cases complicit" in the genocide. Germany was an ally of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Sargsyan and Merkel are set to hold a joint press conference at 1130 GMT.

Last update: Wed, 06/04/2016 - 11:26

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