Armenian Monument Issue Placed on PACE Agenda

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe put into official circulation Friday a Motion for a Resolution titled "The State of Cultural Heritage in Turkey" and a Motion for a Recommendation on "The Present State of Armenian Cultural Treasures in Turkey."
Cosponsored by more than 25 members of parliament, representing 21 European countries and all five of PACE’s political groups, the motions make reference to the Genocide and attendant dispossession of the Armenian people and calls upon Turkey, among other points, to undertake a comprehensive inventory and the subsequent restoration of Armenian and other cultural monumen’s destroyed or ruined during the past century. This includes all ancient and medieval Armenian capital cities, churches, fortresses, cemeteries, and other treasures of historic Armenia currently under its jurisdiction.
Motions, which are customarily referred to committee before being considered in plenary session, also address the freedom of expression, the teaching of genocide, minority rights and restitution, and the accomplishment of reconciliation through the truth.
The text of the resolution states that PACE looks forward to "the long-awaited celebration of the Armenian cultural heritage based on a full Turkish-Armenian normalization anchored in the assumption of history, the pacific resolution of all outstanding matters, and a complete Europeanization of their relationship."

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