Turkey Should Recognize Genocide before Joining EU

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau representative Hrant Markarian spoke Monday at the Armenian Genocide Memorial about the importance of commemorating and gaining recognition of the Armenian genocide.

"For the Armenian people–April 24 is not only a day of commemoration but also a day of struggle since by paying homage to the memory of the innocent victims we also express our protest to the Turkish Government," said Markarian.

"The stronger Armenia becomes the closer we’ll get to the admission of the Armenian genocide by Turkey." He added that recognition–however–"is not our only goal–we should also demand our rights."

"Armenia’s’ rights to live–survive–and develop were violated by the Genocide–and by the recognition of the Genocide–we will restore those rights," Markarian said.

When asked if Turkey would be accepted to the European Union without recognition of the Genocide–Markarian answered–"If Turkey has decided to join the EU–it should be able to admit its guilt and thus gain the right to join it. To be a part of Europe–Turkey should become Europeanized itself."

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