Bundestag Committee Discusses Genocide Recognition with Oskanian

BONN (Noyan Tapan)–Continuing his official visit to Germany–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met Monday with the chairman of the international relations committee of the German Bundestag (legislature)–Prof. Hornhuse–who discussed the issue of the recognition of the Genocide with the Armenian delegation.

Armenia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Arsen Gasparian told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the two leaders had discussed the possibility of Genocide recognition by the German Bundestag.

"Parallels were drawn between the Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust and both sides agreed that when Germany recognized the Holocaust–German-Israeli relations took on a new dimension," stated Gasparian.

The foreign ministry spokesperson also stated that the German leader was briefed about the recent recognition of the Genocide by the Belgian senate.

Gasparian reported that the German’side was interested in changes–if any–in Armenia’s official approach to the Genocide issue. Oskanian told the German delegation that the issue of Genocide recognition was part of Armenia’s foreign policy agenda.

Among Oskanian’s other meetings was a visit with the Caucasus and Eastern Europe section heads of the Fredrich Ebert Fund. The leaders of the organization explained that the agenda charted by the ruling social-democrats of Germany was realistic and that the fund functioned under the auspices of the Germany Social-Democratic Party.

Oskanian–who is being accompanied by Deputy Trade Minister Armen Petrossian–met with a group of industrialists at Bonn Trade Center Monday–at which time–the two Armenian leaders were briefed on Germany’s economic status–after which discussions on the climate for German investmen’s were held.

"This can be deemed the first time that the Armenian Foreign minister–aside from holding political meetings–is paying equal attention to attracting investment in Armenia," assessed RFE/RL–adding that the Armenian delegation visited many companies including Siemens and BMW.

Throughout these meetings–company heads asked Oskanian on reports regarding the resolution of the Karabakh conflict–Iran-Armenia relations–Armeno-Turkish relations–as well as tourism in Armenia.


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