Italian Parliament to Debate Genocide Resolution

ISTANBUL (Anatolia)–The Italian Parliament is set to debate a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide–the Anatolia news agency reported.

While the resolution was scheduled for debate Tuesday–a lengthy agenda might prevent it from discussion. Some 136 deputies have demanded that Parliament debate the resolution.

The resolution is the last item on the Italian Parliament’s 14-item agenda. It urges the Italian government to recognize the alleged Armenian genocide.

In the meantime–Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk is expected to be in Rome Tuesday for an international conference on the fight against the smuggling of illegal immigran’s.

Observers say that it would be unlikely for the Italian Parliament to approve a resolution recognizing the genocide at a time when a Turkish minister is in Rome.

Majority vote is required for a resolution to be approved in the Italian Parliament. The same resolution has been brought onto the parliamentary agenda three times already this year–but has not gone through–because of the lack of a sufficient majority.

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