European Parliament Committee Reaffirms 1987 Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

(Combined Sources)–The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) examined and adopted a proposed report detailing EU Policy on the South Caucasus–presented by Swedish MEP Per Gahrton. In seeking to formulate a balanced policy toward the region–members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs–including those of Gahrton–had proposed more than 100 amendmen’s–reported the European-Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD).

Proposed by Gahrton–the following amendment was added to the draft–explicitly recognizing the Armenian Genocide and urging Turkey to follow suit:

"To urge–in this regard–Turkey to be fully committed to its candidate status and to take the necessary steps to establish good-neighborly relations with the countries–with particular regard to lifting the trade restrictions and the gradual reopening of the land border with Armenia."

The report also indicates that "the Parliament reiterates its position set out in its Resolution of 18 June 1987 on a political solution to the Armenian question."

Late last week–the EAFJD had criticized the draft report form making no mention of the ongoing Azeri and Turkish blockades of Armenia.

The report will be submitted to the plenary session of the European Parliament in the coming weeks.

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