Oskanian Addresses the Genocide Issue

YEREVAN (Respublica Armenia)–Deputy Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian said–at a recent media gathering–that after Armenia’s independence the Genocide issue is perceived in the same manner as before.

He said the issue has not changed in the Homeland or in the Diaspora–but the ways in which the issue is raised and presented–Oskanian believes–have altered.

"Very frequently we confuse raising of the issue with establishing conditions to various things. These are different things. This incorrect perception allows to criticize the foreign policy of Armenia," Oskanian said. "Genocide is a part of our history– it cannot be wiped out from the memory of Armenia’s. This issue should be raised permanently–but not in the form of conditions

Questioned about the importance of various parliamen’s recognizing the Genocide– he said that "resolutions of the parliamen’s have no international legal force. These are only positions of parliamen’s of countries. Though–the increase in their numbers changes the qualitative value and we use this in our diplomatic efforts.

Oskanian stressed that the issue of genocide is especially important in relation to the Kharabakh conflict.

"We raise the issue this way: We will never allow a new Genocide in Kharabakh or in Armenia to happen. To justify this position– we have to raise the issue of the genocide of Armenia’s in the beginning of the century–and its recognition by Turkey and the International Community. I raised this issue at the session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in the following way: as long as we don’t recognize and condemn the Genocide–we won’t be able to prevent future genocides–and history is a proof for this," added Oskanian

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