Oskanian Promotes Genocide Recognition as Part of Foreign Policy

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The recognition of the 1915 Genocide must become a part of our foreign policy–and–in the future–a part of the agenda for Armenia-Turkey dialogue," announced acting Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian during a television interview Monday.

Oskanian appeared on Armenia’s Lraber television program to discuss a resolution introduced by the Armenian delegation marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of Genocide Prevention and Punishment.

The Armenian delegation Friday introduced a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council meeting which was unanimously approved.

The resolution–utilizing the 50th anniversary of the UN convention on Genocide–aims to–once again–call attention to this important international document–which remains a contemporary tool for combating crimes against humanity–specifically genocide. This convention also lifts all international statutes of limitation on war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The convention was adopted on Dec. 9–1948 by the UN General Assembly and still serves as international precedence on genocide and war crimes.

The resolution introduced by the Armenian delegation calls on all countries to more actively work toward the realization of the convention’s provisions. The resolution also calls on those nations that have not yet signed the convention to immediately join this international declaration.

This became the first resolution of such caliber to be introduced by Armenia to be adopted unanimously by the UN body.

Armenia’s foreign ministry and Armenia’s diplomatic representations in various countries actively worked to secure support for this resolution.

The United States–Austria–Australia–Belarus–Germany–Ireland–Spain–Italy–Latvia–Poland–Luxembourg–Croatia–Cyprus–Greece–India–Mexico–Nepal–the Czech Republic–Russia–Rwanda–Romania–Solvakia–Uganda and France–25 in all–became co-sponsors of the resolution.

Furthermore–Albania–Bangladesh–Belgium–Bosnia-Herzegovina–Brazil–Bulgaria–Israel–Canada–Cuba–the Netherlands–New Zealand–Malaysia–Portugal and El Salvador announced their co-sponsorship of the resolution while approving the measure.

Oskanian said he believed that the adoption of the resolution–in some part–will effect Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

"Although–the resolution does not discuss–by name–the Armenian or any other genocide–but since the subtext for the prevention [of genocide] entails investigation into the roots and underlying reasons for genocides–as well as punishmen’s for the crime–I believe that it leaves responsibility on Turkey to closely address this issue," commented Oskanian.

Oskanian stressed the importance of UN-member support for the resolution–and deemed that as a major advancement.

The acting foreign minister also said that the recent recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Belgian Senate was yet another victory for the Armenia’s.

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