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The Netherlands votes to recognise Armenian genocide

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The Netherlands votes to recognise Armenian genocide

The Netherlands votes to recognise Armenian genocide
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Dutch lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to recognise the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as 'genocide'.

Although it will not become official policy of the Netherlands, the vote makes the country the 14th EU state to recognise the killings as such.

The motion risks further heightening tension between the Netherlands and Turkey, which denies the mass killings were genocide.

The 'Armenian Holocaust' which occurred during the first World War is considered a 'genocide' by most scholars outside Turkey.