Turkey Must Recognize Genocide to Become Member of EU

YEREVAN (Yerkir/Armenpress)–Secretary General of the International European Movement Henrik H. Kroner visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial (Dzidzernagapert) on Tuesday to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

Kroner was accompanied by Victor Yengibarian–head of the organization’s mission to Armenia–and Giro Manoyan–director of the ARF Bureau’s Hai Tad and Political Affairs Office.

While visiting the Genocide Museum–Kroner wrote in the visitor’s book: "Let’s hope no such genocide will take place again in Europe and world. And the European values are the guarantees of our unification."

Speaking to journalists–Kroner said it is a shame that this crime against humanity has not been recognized thus far.

He said until Turkey recognizes the Armenian genocide and opens border with Armenia it cannot become member of the European Union.

"The European Union has been established to avoid such tragedies in the future. I think Turkey will never become an EU member unless it admits its past," Kroner said. "The process has just begun and will take long years. Ankara will have to admit it in the end."

Earlier in the day–Kroner met with ARF Supreme Body of Armenia representative Armen Rustamian at the Simon Vratsian Center in Yerevan. The parties discussed the International European Movement’s programs regarding Armenia’s integration in Europe.

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