Armenia Uruguay Discuss Genocide Recognition

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– Prime Minister Armen Darbinian met with the visiting chairman of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of Uruguay Jaime Mario Trobo and the delegation led by him–on Friday–September 4.

Expressing satisfaction with the level of political and cultural cooperation between Uruguay and Armenia–Darbinian stressed the need for expanded economic cooperation.

Trobo also stressed the importance of developing trade and economic cooperation–saying that the appointment of Armen Hayrapetian as honorary consul of Uruguay to Armenia will contribute to this process as well.

At the request of the Uruguayan parliamentarians–the prime minister outlined Armenia’s policy in the region. He stressed that economic cooperation is a step toward resolving regional problems and that the development of economic structures–infrastructure and especially communications will create a basis for political solutions in the region.

Trobo also met with speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Khosrov Haroutiunian. The chairmen of the two parliamen’s commented on the results of the meeting at the request of journalists.

"My main task is to strengthen the existing friendly relations between Armenia and Uruguay. Although we are situated a long way from each other–our ties are very close. It seems to me that this cooperation between our legislators will unequivocally serve the deepening of our relations," said Trobo.

"Confirming the words of my colleague–I must only add that for this short period of time–about 30-35 minutes–we tried to discuss the spheres of interparliamentary activities of mutual interest. We agreed on cooperation not only at the level of friendship–but also at levels of other parliamentary structures–including at different international structures. In particular–we will cooperate over very important documen’s in Moscow in the near future. The matter concerns–in particular–our initiative which we will try to present at the 100th conference of the Interparliamentary Union in connection with the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Genocide Convention," said Khosrov Haroutiunian.

The chairman of the Parliament of Uruguay added: "Today I want to state that at the forthcoming session of the UN our country will be represented by the foreign minister. Simultaneously–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights will be marked–accordingly–Armenia’submitted amendmen’s to the Genocide Convention. Uruguay will act as a co-author of this proposal.. The chairman pointed out that his country was the first to formally recognize the Genocide of Armenia’s in 1965–legally fixing this recognition. According to him–this is conditioned by the fact that Uruguay is a politically independent country and–besides–the Armenian community of Uruguay played a big role in this matter.

According to Jaime Mario Trobo–the support of Uruguay can be explained by the fact that this state can’t be indifferent to the problem of the establishment of ultimate peace in Armenia and the region on the whole.

The Uruguay delegation also visited the Holy See of Echmiadzin on Friday where they met with Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I.

"We will never forget that Uruguay was the first country to formally recognize the Genocide after which a golden chain opened and other countries followed suit," said His Holiness. "I–as the head of the Church–on behalf of eight million Armenia’s–express my deep gratitude." He also pointed out that it is also necessary to develop economic ties between the two countries in addition to spiritual ties.

Addressing the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia–the spiritual leader of Armenia’s reported that an exhibition of Armenian culture will be arranged at the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican next year.

"It seems to me that the feeling of solidarity of Uruguay with Armenia is conditioned by the fact that Uruguay is a small country and protects human rights," said the chairman of the Parliament of Uruguay–adding that after the recognition of the Genocide of Armenia’s in 1965 Uruguay is going to continue to deal with these problems. "The Armenian people made a major contribution to the development of mankind and now it’s time the debt is returned to it. Despite the long distance separating both countries–it is necessary to share experience for greater psychological strengthening of our ties," he said.

"Parliamentary relations can be rationally used to create people’s diplomacy. We stated that reforms–the path of which Uruguay once had to travel too–can achieve success in Armenia if they are supported by legislative reforms," said Haroutiunian in his term.

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