Turkish Proposal on Genocide Adopted by OSCE

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (Combined Sources)–Turkey’s proposal on the Armenian Genocide has been adopted for the first time by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, according to the Turkish hurriyet Newspaper.

"The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session was held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana with the main theme of ‘Transparency in the OSCE.’ During the session, a motion submitted by the Turkish delegation was adopted. The motion underlines that past events like genocide should be recognized only after historians carried out a detailed research in all kinds of archives," Alaattin Buyukkaya, who leads the Turkish group at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The OSCE is the biggest international organization behind the United Nations. Adoption of the Turkish thesis by the OSCE is a significant achievement against the Armenian allegations. Also, the Turkish thesis regarding the events of 1915 was adopted for the first time on an international platform. The OSCE has 56 member states. Only Armenia voted against the motion. A majority of the other member states voted in favor of it," he said.

“The motion says that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly encourages the formation of joint history commissions by historians and experts from the third countries in case of a research into political and military archives to scientifically and unbiasedly enlighten a disputed period in history in an effort to serve transparency and common understanding among the member states," Buyukkaya added.

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