Armenia Welcomes Belgium’s Recognition of Armenian Genocide, Turkey Warns of Consequences

Belgium reaffirmed it's recognition of the Armenian Genocide on Thursday (Source: Photolure)
Belgium reaffirmed its recognition of the Armenian Genocide on Thursday (Source: Photolure)

Belgium reaffirmed its recognition of the Armenian Genocide on Thursday (Source: Photolure)

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—After Belgium’s adoption of a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edward Nalbandian has welcomed the decision, calling it “commendable”.

“Seventeen years ago the Belgian Senate recognized the Armenian Genocide by a special resolution. On June 18 this year the Prime Minister of Belgium reaffirmed the position of the Government on the unconditional recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement released on Friday by the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide adopted by the Chamber of Deputies completes the process of recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Belgium,” Nalbandian said. “We welcome the unconditional recognition of the Armenian Genocide by legislative and executive authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium.”

Turkey, meanwhile, has warned that the adoption of the resolution will have a deep impact on bilateral relations between Turkey and Belgium.

According to a written statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday, Turkey has once more been “unfairly indicted, historical facts have been distorted and law has been ignored.”

“The decision was part of a campaign aimed at defaming Turkish identity and history, which had started early in 2015, while recalling Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel’s recognition of the deaths of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I as genocide in remarks delivered in June,” the statement reads.

“The grave picture that has emerged with the July 23 decision of the Chamber of Deputies [was] met with regret by the Belgian Turkish community and has deeply impacted our bilateral relations,” the ministry said, questioning why Belgian deputies spared time on the issue instead of dealing with serious challenges Europe faces, including an economic crisis.

“It should be understood that this and similar decisions that have been made do not serve the Turkish-Armenian conciliation in any way,” the ministry said.

“We strongly condemn this decision unjustly accusing our history and ignoring historical facts and the memory of Turkish people,” the statement concluded.


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  1. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    What Turkish history is Turkish foreign ministry talking about? The history of raping, beheading, massacares, GENOCIDES, stealing other nations’ cultures and lands. Give us a break!
    And what is the Genocidal Turkey going to do with Belgians? Another Belgian Genocide like that of the Turkish crime of the Armenian Genocide?

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    … “Turkey Warns of Consequences”
    Sure enough, it always does. But, anyway, what is the most severe “consequence” that any decent country has suffered so far? My temptation is to say, “Shame on Turkey”, but… Turkey has no sense of shame.

  3. Mike said:

    So the RoA government is happy with the highly compromised Belgian decision. Armenians of Belgium got it right: they deplored the resolution which said that today’s Turkey can’t be held responsible for the events of 1915. If it can’t, what for have we been fighting to get recognition? If today’s Turkey, as successor to the Ottomans and beneficiary of that government’s crimes against the Armenians, can’t be called to account, what’s the Armenian campaign about? It’s typical of the Serge Sargsian government’s crass attitude. Sargsian is also eager to revive the notorious Protocols. The latter is dormant only because Turkey wants to keep it in that state for the time being. Sargsian is the same Armenian president who said that Armenia had no land claims from Turkey because “Armenia didn’t exist” when Western Armenia was grabbed. But what about Kars and Ardahan, Ani and Ararat?

  4. Telo said:

    The Belgian parliament would have been better off passing NO resolution. This one gets Turkey off the hook!

    Even the Armenian community of Belgium, ‘deplores the ambiguity of the text, particularly paragraph 2, which voices a request to the federal government “to recognize that today’s Turkey can not bear the historical and moral responsibility for the tragedy of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.” ‘

    We must ask ourselves who would welcome such a resolution and why.

  5. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    Good! Turkey should recall her ambassador from Belgium and have him/her to join the Turkish Armenian Genocide Denial Ambassadors’ Club at Erdogan’s Palace in Ankara. They all can slip Turkish coffee, smoke hashish and remember of their good old days overseas. Voila
    to all of good Genocide denier friends! Enjoy your retirement with your body-body Erdogan!

  6. Kevork said:

    This is a worthless resolution, not at all holding modern Turkey accountable for its genocidal activity and taking away all of our rights. Why are the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Armenian groups praising it? It would have been better had it not even passed!