Former Minister Hovannisian Discusses Genocide Resolution Bill

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Topic" TV program of the National Press Club hosted the director of the Armenian Center of National and International Studies–ex-minister of foreign affairs of Armenia–Raffi Hovannisian–Thursday.

In his speech–Hovannisian stressed that the resolution on the Armenian Genocide which is currently under discussion in the US House of Representatives undoubtedly concerns Armenia and the Armenian people–but one should be cautious and base his policy of balanced and differentiated positions–considering the interests of both the state–people and Diaspora–as well as all the possibilities and potential risk. Armenia and Turkey have not yet managed to form an infrastructure for dialogue or establish direct relations–and outside forces can be expected to take advantage of all this in their own interests.

For the world scientific and political circles the facts of the Armenian Genocide is irrefutable–Hovannisian said. This facts are confirmed by numerous impartial documen’s and evidence kept in the record offices of the US–Great Britain–France and–most importantly–in the record office of Ottoman Turkey’s ally–Germany. Therefore–Hovannisian pointed out–the reasons for and aftermath of the Armenian Genocide–but not the very facts of it–can be subjects for discussions.

Hovannisian stressed that the adoption of a resolution on the Armenian Genocide is a domestic affair of the US. The resolution and process of its adoption reflect US domestic policy–its complicated political system and relations between the state and its citizens. Hovannisian found it difficult to predict the future of the resolution – whether or not it will be adopted by the House of Representatives. He pointed out that both sides are exerting pressure.

Hovannisian said that even if the House of Representatives adopts the resolution–it will not acquire the force of law. "We should not forget that the possibilities of the Armenian organizations in the US are limited. And they meet with resistance not only on the part of Turkey and professional lobbyists engaged by it–but also on the part of large enterprises in the US military and industrial complex and oil companies which are carrying out vigorous activities aimed at preventing the adoption of the resolution," Hovannisian said. He also pointed out that the Armenian organizations in the US are working according to the rules of American policy–and the competition is severe. "And if they achieve certain success in any issues–it means they are gaining authority," Hovannisian said.

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