European Parliament Urges EU States to Recognize Armenian Genocide

The chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

STRASBOURG—The European Parliament on Thursday approved its Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World, in which it urged all European countries to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

“Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, [the European Parliament calls] on all the Member States legally to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition,” paragraph 77 of the report states.

In welcoming the adoption of the report, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy said it expects the European Union to put pressure on Turkey and urge that country to recognize the Genocide.

“The EAFJD welcomes the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament, which puts Human Rights on top of almost all negotiations with third parties and countries. We were expecting this report since a few years now, when the post of the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights was created, to advance European Union values during negotiations, be it on foreign policy, trade, energy or any other cooperation with third countries,” said a statement issued by the advocacy group on Thursday.

“It should also be noted, that all vulnerable groups, minorities and peoples are being protected under this resolution, which is immensely necessary in these times of racism, xenophobia, and the turmoil in the Middle East, the European Neighborhood and the World as a whole,” concluded the EAFJD statement.

Last week, the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, adopted a resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide, and calling on Turkey to recognize it.

The resolution entitled ‘The Armenian Genocide, Turkish Responsibility, and European Values’ reaffirms EPP’s “recognition and condemnation of the Genocide and Great National Dispossession of the Armenian people on the eve of its 100th Anniversary on 24 April 2015”. The resolution emphasizes the incontrovertible evidence documented in the archives of several western states, including Germany, United Kingdom, USA, France, that the “Armenian Genocide… was perpetuated by the Young Turk Government in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.“ The resolution also criticizes the destruction of thousands of Armenian cultural monuments in Turkey.

The largest political group of the European Parliament calls on Turkey inter alia “to face history and finally recognize the ever-present reality of the Armenian Genocide”, “make restitution appropriate for a European country, including but not limited to ensuring a right of return of the Armenian people to, and a secure reconnection with, their national hearth…”


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  1. Hratch said:

    The UK in general and Prince Charles in particular are not even attending the genocide centennial in Yerevan. To add insult to injury, they’re going to the Battle of Gallipoli centenary commemoration on April 24!!! How could we even be remotely hopeful that they will miraculously recognize the genocide.???

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    The moment of truth is approaching. We’re going to see who our friends and enemies are.

  3. GB said:

    “Make restitution appropriate for European country”…Turks will never be part of European civilization..their brain washed nomadic mentality have more Central Asian Turkic influence, rather Europeans.

  4. Satenik said:

    Shame on those who have not recognised the Armenian Genocide. They rather stick with criminal and denialst Turkey,the best body of the terrorists, and yet the same European countries have the audacity to dictate their “democracies ” and point their finger on others. Well we know where their priorities a d love lies….Remember how fervently Tony Blair and now David Cameron want Turkey in the EU. Only Sarkozi spoke his mind against it. Whatever Germany’s responsibility, tthey have done better than Britain who still refuses to recognise the Armenian genocide although they have thousands of archives in that respect , they rather cling on Turkey’s aprons and be dictated by the sick man of Europe….Germany now has the “pleasure” of having millions of Turks in their country “countributing”and “enriching”to Germany’s “welfare , education, security, and well being”….Enjoy them, but when you visit Germany, it no longer looks like a European country….same goes for the rest of EU…! We know what happened in 1915 and we know who was responsible . We also know the countries who are best bodies with the criminals and we should not forget this.

  5. Sokimag said:

    Well done European parlement! All European countries must recognize the armenian genocide.

  6. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Armenians Genocided Through Centuries

    A new verb in my Glossary of Terms;
    Formed . . . when the original land owners
    Of Armenian Highland were scimitared . . . Turkified . . .
    Lost their identity soundlessly
    Through centuries . . . many times . . .

    Armenians were slayed
    From 1064*- Till this civil-day
    They were followed everywhere,
    The recognition of their Genocides
    Suppressed by the so-called
    Civilized democratic states . . .!

    Who proudly display
    In full view of the world
    The “Statue of Liberty”
    On their highest sea sight.
    The irony being it was designed by
    The French Architects—
    A nation well-known to be the most
    Liberal of All.

    The Gene of Freedom
    Ignites eternally in the French’s Blood:
    (Astrocytes, Cardiomyocytes, Dendrites) . . .
    Tries to illuminate the spirits of other nations . . . lost;
    Thus, this can overthrow tyrants . . .
    Those who with their criminal minds,
    Dim their nation’s light.

    Dr. Sylva Portoian
    From my book “My son-My Sun, Chants Ann, Obama’s Mother” (June, 2011)

  7. GeorgeMardig said:

    Armenian Genocide is not only Armenian, it’s the Genocide of humanity