OSCE Did Not Adopt Turkish Position on Genocide

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Reports indicating that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly last week passed a resolution supporting Turkey’s denialist position on the Armenian Genocide are distorted and false, stated Armenian OSCE delegation member Armen Ashotyan during a press conference late last week.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution on the formation of commissions of historians to normalize relations between the OSCE member states mentions neither Armenia nor the Armenian Genocide, he explained.

“Armenian media was misinformed by the Turkish propaganda machine,” he remarked.

“The OSCE PA committee focused on the problems of transparency. In particular the committee on human rights and democracy considered the issue of the normalization of relations between the organization’s member states,” Ashotyan said.

The author of the resolution is a Czech but not a Turkish parliamentarian, he explained, adding that the resolution calls on the OSCE countries’ parliamen’s to resolve bilateral problems via the formation of commissions of historians and experts with the participation of thirds states.

“Armenia and Turkey are not the only countries in the OSCE with problems,” he said. “Similar problems exist between Poland and Ukraine, France and Germany, etc. I have proposed an amendment to explain that the formation of such a commission is impossible due to Turkey’s ongoing blockade of Armenia and my explanation was accepted.”

“The Armenian delegation wonders why Turkish parliamentarians have distorted the contents of the resolution,” Ashotyan stated. “It’s all the more upsetting after we succeeded in establishing normal relations with the Turkish parliamentarians.”

Last week, Alaattin Buyukkaya, head of the Turkish delegation to the OSCE PA, said that the Strasbourg based organization’s parliamentary body had adopted a Turkish motion, which said that past events like genocide should be recognized only after historians carried out a detailed research in all kinds of archives.

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