Rome City Council Calls for Genocide Recognition

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The city council in Rome–Italy agreed unanimously (36-0) to adopt a resolution calling for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

The legislature–along with the active lobbying effort of the Armenian-Italian "Easter" cultural organization is asking the government of Italy–to follow in line with resolutions regarding human rights adopted by the United Nations–the European Union–the United States Congress and other world governmen’s and organizations to recognize and put pressure on the government of Turkey to acknowledge the massacre of one and a half million Armenia’s.

Given that genocide is the most brutal of acts–in that it is perpetrated and premeditated with the sole purpose of eliminating an entire group of people–staged against an entire culture and history–and given that the Armenian massacres have been categorized as Genocide by the United Nations Human Rights Committee–the European Council in 1987–and the respective legislative bodies of several nations–the City Council or Rome decided that recognition will not only force Turkey to accept responsibility for its actions–but also help solve conflicts within the Transcaucuses in the present day. Because the present day Turkish government does not want to admit to its crime for personal reasons–the city council of Rome is asking for the help of the world community to achieve this goal.

Rome is the 32nd city to adopt such a resolution–this is a critical step in encouraging the Italian government to adopt a national resolution. There is a similar resolution in the Italian Parliament heavily supported by members and having thus far received the signature of 165 legislators.

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