New York, IRFT Newswire. June 2, 2016

Father Joseph Varghese, Executive Director of IRFT released the following statement in New York”

“IRFT applaud the decision taken by the German Parliament  and urge the United States, Israel and other nations to recognize the Armenian and Syrian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire of Turkey hundred years back. Father Varghese added,the 1915 massacre of Armenians and other Christians by Ottoman forces as a ‘genocide’ calls the international community to conscience in the face of the ongoing genocide waged today against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State”
German parliament acknowledges Armenian genocide amid intense Turkish pressure.The German parliament has withstood a barrage of pressure from the Turkish government, approving a symbolic resolution that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a ‘genocide’.

The vote was almost unanimous in supporting the resolution with just one MP voting against and another abstaining. The move was largely expected and was supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, the German leader was forced to skip the vote due to prior commitments. 
Gregor Gysi, a Left Party politician critical of Turkey’s treatment of the Kurds, who are doing an excellent job in fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), said that “Germany was a historical accessory” and has a duty to recognize the mass killings of Armenians in the First World War.

With German affirmation of the crime, over 25 countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. The brutal campaign of religious and ethnic-cleansing took place between 1915-1917, targeting Armenians, Syrian Orthodox ,Assyrians, Greeks, and other vulnerable Christian communities, and murdering more than a million men, women, and children.  It is the first genocide of the century. The Syrian Christians remembered this tragic event as ‘Sayffo’, Father Varghese said in the statement.