Armenian Genocide Issue Raised Again by Uruguay Parliament

MONTEVIDEO (Armenpress)–Turkey’s ambassador to Uruguay Siakri Tafan met with members of a Uruguayan parliamentary commission on foreign relations–prompting a demonstration by the Armenian National Committee and other Armenian organizations.

Around 100 Armenia’s with flags and posters staged a two-hour protest against the ambassador–who came to parliament to establish an Armenian-Turkish commission on the issue of the Armenian genocide.

The meeting focused on a letter to President Robert Kocharian–sent approximately two months ago–by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting an international commission of historians meet to "examine the mass slaughter of Armenia’s in the last years of the Ottoman Empire."

Tafan asked Uruguay to join such a commission–mentioning that his government was ready to accept guilt–if the commission found the evidence irrefutable.

After the meeting–parliament members Lillian Kechijian and Jaime Trobo told Komitas radio–an Armenian radio station based in Montevideo–that it was the first time a Turkish diplomat has requested a meeting concerning the Armenian genocide. Kechijian added that she could participate in the would-be commission’s work–but as an Armenian she could not question the fact of the genocide. Additionally–she stressed that the parliament of Uruguay is likely to make a statement addressed to both Turkish and Armenian parliamen’s.

Armenia’s ambassador to Uruguay Ara Aivazian has asked for a meeting with the commission prior to any public statemen’s. His request has been accepted–though details are not yet available.

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