Italy France to Consider Genocide Resolutions

ROME–PARIS–ANKARA (Noyan Tapan–Armenpress–Marmara)–Armenia’s ambassador to Italy–Gagik Barseghian told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the Italian parliament will consider a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide on November 7.

He–however–announced that two resolutions will be placed on the agenda–one whose wording suggests a recognition of the Armenian Genocide–the other with wording calling on the government to organize an international symposium to address the issue.

Barseghian explained that the a committee within the Italian parliament began debate on a Genocide resolution in April–a vote on which was pending. However–perhaps following the events in the House of Representatives–a second resolution has been introduced in the Italian legislature–which must be addressed in order for the original resolution to be deliberated.

The first resolution calls on the Italian government to recognize the Genocide–while the second one urges the government to bring together experts–who will debate the actuality of the Genocide. The latter places the entire Genocide reality under question.

"I think that the source of that [the second] resolution is Turkey–since that same day we learned that the Turkish parliament had established a similar subcommittee. The deputy who introduced the Genocide recognition resolution–did so following a trip to Turkey," explained Barseghian.

The ambassador said that on Nov. 7 the parliament will consider both bill. He did not–however–rule out the possibility that a third resolution containing language from both bills would be introduced–in order to soften the language of the measure recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Meanwhile in Paris–"April 24 Committee" member Georges Sarian told RFE/RL that right-wing senator Jean Claude Gotten announced that he–along with his colleagues from the Socialist and Communist parties will propose the deliberation of the pending Genocide resolution on Nov. 7.

The resolution will come in what is know as a "forced measure," which requires 30 senatorial signature.

Sarian said–that already more than 30 senators have signed the petition to consider the Genocide bill.

The Turkish Cumhuriyet daily newspaper reported Tuesday that an "Armenian Research Institute" will be established in Ankara to fight worldwide allegations of the Armenian genocide.

The institute will investigate Armenian culture and history in detail in order to respond to allegations using scientific research. The Institute will open the Ottoman archives in order to conduct their research.

Retired Ambassador Omer Engin Lutem was named as the head of the Institute. Cooperating with the Avrasia Strategic Researches Center–the Institute will initially consist of 10 expert academicians and retired diplomats. In an attempt to contribute to the education of academicians interested in Armenian history–the Institute will provide those academicians with various scholarly opportunities.

The issue of debating the merits of the Genocide or investigating the truth is yet another weapon being used by the Turkish government against efforts for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

That line–obviously played a role in last week’s abrupt deletion of the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress. This is further supported by a statement issued by House Speaker Hastert–in which he calls for the Turkish and Armenian governmen’s to "investigate the truth" about the Genocide.

Congressman Rogan and I strongly urge our State Department to aggressively seek cooperation from both the Turkish and Armenian governmen’s to allow a full and fair investigation designed to seek the truth," said Hastert in his statement.


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