Orthodoxy Assembly Participants Discuss Genocide Resolution

Parliament members Mkrtich Minasyan and Ruzanna Arakelian

YEREVAN—The head of Armenia’s parliamentary delegation to Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, during a press conference on Wednesday, expressed gratitude to the delegates who unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide at the 18th Assembly over the weekend.

Delegaton head Mkrtich Minasyan of the Republican Party of Armenia was joined by fellow parliament member Ruzanna Arakelian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation to report on the assembly, which took place in Paris from May 21 to 24, and discuss the resolution.

Minasyan told the press conference that the Resolution on the Genocide committed against Christian Peoples: Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, in the Ottoman Empire was unanimously adopted by all the delegates during the Assembly.

He added that the 28-member assembly was registered by the United Nations and a cooperation treaty had been signed with the Parliamentary Assembly of the African countries this year. According to Minasyan, the activities of the current year will be directed to religious values of Christianity and the ways of overcoming current crisis.

Ruzanna Arakelian considered the Resolution adopted in the Assembly a victory.

Below is the text of the resolution:

We, the participants of the 18th annual General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.), held in Paris, June 21-24, 2011.

Expressing our solidarity to all those who struggle for the acknowledgement and condemnation of the Genocide against Christians by the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century – early 20th century.

Condemning the fact that until present, Turkey refuses to recognize the Genocide perpetrated against the indigenous Christians of the Ottoman Empire – Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, as well as all acts of destruction of their historic-cultural heritage.

Stressing that the Genocide is a heinous crime against humanity and ought to be condemned regardless of runtime and state political interests,

Realizing that all civilized nations have both the moral and historical duty to acknowledge and condemn Genocide in all its forms and call upon the modern state of Turkey to acknowledge responsibility, as best guarantee for averting similar crimes in the future,

We call on Turkey, in the context of the efforts it has already been making for a course towards democracy and transparency, to revisit historic reality and examine these aspects of historic past thoroughly and critically,

We call upon all member-states of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) and the international community to condemn the Genocide against the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians perpetrated during the Ottoman Empire, and call upon Turkey to realize and accept liability in the name of restoring historic justice.”


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