ANKARA (Combined Sources) — Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution branding a 1915 massacre of Armenians as “genocide,” Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday.
Turkey, angered by a resolution passed by the German parliament recognizing the Armenian Genocide in June, has denied German lawmakers access to the base near the Syrian frontier.
Six German surveillance jets and a refueling tanker are using it to support the US-led coalition’s strikes on Islamic State. Some German lawmakers have threatened to end the mission unless Ankara allows them to visit.
“It depends on the steps taken by Germany. If they take the necessary steps we will enable this visit,”
told a news conference in Ankara, when asked about allowing the German lawmakers access to the base.