Speaker Calls on Europe to Follow French Example

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a press conference regarding the Armenian Genocide recognition by the French National Assembly–Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia–Khosrov Harutiunian–made public his letter addressed to the speaker of the French Parliament–Laurent Fabius.

"France has once again warned the world that crimes committed against humanity must not remain uncondemned. It is not only Armenia’s–but all of humanity that needs to have genocide condemned so that it does not reoccur. I am sure that all civilized states acknowledge historical truth–and it is no surprise that the National Assembly of France has made such a decision," the letter read.

Expressing deep gratitude to those French parliamentarians who "paved the way for the decision and voted in the name of historical justice," Harutiunian hoped in his letter that "the adoption of that law would be comprehended and further the establishment of peace and stability in the region."

Harutiunian said that the Armenian-French deputy group at the Armenian Parliament would send a similar letter to their French colleagues.

Harutiunian stressed that the National Assembly of France had made the decision at the initiative of French citizens and politicians. "I am far from thinking that the French Parliament was coerced by any kind of lobbying. I assure you that it is not so," he said. The French parliamentarians had been guided by the ideas of philanthropy and political and civil responsibility on the threshold of the 21st century in their decision-making–he said.

Harutiunian said the recognition of the Genocide must not be directly connected with the foreign policy of the Armenian government. He expressed his personal opinion that first all European countries need to condemn this crime against the Armenian nation. Similar crimes must never recur in the future. By admitting their responsibility for the crime–the Turks will be able to rid themselves of their complexes and moral pressure and continue their free development.

According to Harutiunian–Armenian-Turkish relations need to be revised. Harutiunian pointed out that these relations are of mutual interest and their regulation is of paramount importance for the establishment of security structures in the region.

"I suppose that we will gradually–through a step-by-step approach regulate our relations. I am sure that sooner or later we will have very good and very civilized relations with our neighbors," commented Harutiunian.

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