German Bundestag Set to Adopt Armenian Genocide Resolution

(RFE/RL)–According to journalist Ashot Manucharian–who lives and works in Germany–the German Bundestag will discuss and vote on a resolution on the Armenian genocide–on June 16.

Preliminary discussions concerning the adoption of a special resolution on the Armenian genocide took place at the Bundestag on April 21. Despite pressure from the Turkish Government–the Turkish Embassy in Germany and lobbyist groups–all parties represented in the Bundestag–nevertheless–decided to adopt before September a special document related to the Armenian genocide. However–with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s announcement of pre-term parliamentary elections–the Bundestag has decided to complete the process before the original September deadline.

According to Manucharian–the word "genocide" will be used in the resolution–which stresses that "numerous independent historians– parliamen’s and international organizations call the massacre of Armenia’s ‘a genocide.’"

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