Effort Underway to Remove Genocide Reference From Key EU Report

BRUSSELS–The Liberal/Democratic/Reform Party (ELDR) has joined with a small number of independent members of the European Parliament to introduce an amendment eliminating all reference to the Armenian Genocide from a report outlining European Union – South Caucasus relations–reported the Armenian National Committee of Europe (CDCA-Europe). Parliamentarians are set to vote on the report during their plenary session on February 27 and 28.

The report on "EU Relations with the South Caucasus–Under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreemen’s," prepared by EP Member Per Gahrton (Green Party–Sweden)–outlines the three republics’ political–economic and social situation and calls on surrounding countries to assist in the establishment of a lasting peace in the region. Paragraph 15 of that report "reiterates the EU’s position with regards to the Armenian Genocide with its June 18–1987 resolution–invites Turkey to end its blockade on Armenia and to create the bases of reconciliation." The report was approved by the EP Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23.

The CDCA-Europe has learned that the ELDR along with a small number of independent parliament members have introduced an amendment striking paragraph 15 from the report entirely and replacing it with the "[European Union] should invite Turkey and Armenia to work together towards reconciling their historic differences in order to improve cultural–economic and historic ties."

The CDCA-Europe reiterates its support for the Per Gahrton report as a just and objective overview of EU-South Caucasus relations. As EP members prepare to cast their vote on the measure–the CDCA-Europe continues its support for paragraph 15 of the report–through which the European Union would play a key role in ensuring Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

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