Czech president calls for motion over Armenian genocide

08-06-2016 updated

President Miloš Zeman on a visit to Armenia has suggested that the Czech parliament pass a motion over the 1915 massacres of Armenians by the then Ottoman Empire and describe them as genocide. Zeman made the comments during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargyan. The Czech president added that he had referred to the massacres during WWI as genocide twice earlier. One of the occasions was during the visit by the Armenian president to Prague in 2014. The comments were then officially described as Zeman’s personal opinion. Last week the German parliament passed a motion describing the Armenian massacres as genocide, a move which prompted Ankara to recall its ambassador.