Armenian Resolution Passes Unanimously in the UN

UNITED NATIONS–A resolution introduced by Armenia marking the 50th anniversary of the UN Convention of Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was unanimously approved Wednesday by the 53rd General Assembly of the international body.

The discussion of this resolution was proposed by Armenia and co-sponsored by five other nations. Motion for discussion was approved earlier this fall and the discussion including remarks by representative of numerous nations–including Austria–on behalf of European nations–the US–Russia–Israel–Monaco–Cuba–Cyprus and Rwanda.

During their remarks–the representatives of the latter two nations–included the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in their presentations–while others thanked the Armenian representation for initiating discussions on the matter.

Armenia’s ambassador to the UN–Movses Abelian–presented Armenia’s proposal and expressed hope that the motion would be approved unanimously by the international body. In his remarks–he provided an historical overview of the Armenian Genocide–and stressed that denial of the first genocide of the 20th century–was directly related to other genocides from occurring–even after the UN Convention was approved 50 years ago.

The motion was put to a vote and without any objections was approved unanimously by the 86 representatives present at the session.

Armenia’s foreign ministry spokesperson called this yet another victory for the recognition of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and attributed the outcome to Armenia’s foreign policy.

The spokesman’said that Wednesday’s vote opened a new avenue and provided new impetus to pursue the recognition of the Genocide.

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