Armenians Praise Italian Parliament Resolution

Yerevan–Washington (Armenpress)–The Italian Parliament’s resolution calling on Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide has been hailed by the Armenian government and greatly appreciated by Armenia’s around the world.

The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry–Ara Babyan–announced the importance of the resolution by the Italian Parliament. "This decision reaffirming the historic truth and acknowledgeing the tragic events that took place at the begining of the 20th Century makes it possible for Armenia’s to overcome their painful past and helps promote regional cooperation."

"The Italian Parliament’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide is proof of the existing political unity throughout Europe," the spokeperson announced. "With the decision of the Italian Parliament–the Republic of Armenia is prepared to engage in dialogue with the Republic of Turkey."

On the other hand–"The success of this effort–in the face of intense pressure from the Turkish government–represents a real tribute to the devotion of the Italian government and people to fairness–human rights–and justice," explained ANC of Italy representative Alecco Bezikian.

"We welcome the Italian Parliament’s overwhelming support for ending Turkey’s Armenian Genocide denial campaign," said Aram Hamparian–Executive Director of the ANCA. :This resolution–the powerful statement by Pope John Paul II–and the recently adopted decisions of the French Senate and European Parliament all point to one conclusion-the Turkish government must abandon its failed policy of Armenian Genocide denial and come to terms with the contemporary implications of this crime against the Armenian nation."

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