Lithuania Recognizes Armenian Genocide

VILNIUS (Armenpress)–The Seim (parliament) of Lithuania passed a resolution December 15 condemning the 1915 Armenian genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey. The resolution was backed by the majority of parliament members.

Lithuanian lawmakers described the events of 1915 as genocide–calling on the Turkish government to acknowledge this historical fact.

The Armenian parliament welcomed the resolution with Levon Mkrtchian–the head of the ARF faction–describing it as "another step towards the international recognition of the Armenian genocide."

Mkrtchian said the value of this resolution is that it was passed by another member of the European Union.

Mher Shahgeldian from Orinats Yerkir–added that this move may prompt Scandinavian and other Eastern European nations to pass similar resolutions.

The Armenian genocide has been recognized by 15 countries–as well as by more than 30 states of the US.

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