Europe’s French-Speaking Countries Adopt Statement on Armenian Genocide

Representatives from parliaments of francophone countries gathered in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The chairpersons of the European regional sections of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie adopted a statement on the Armenian Genocide, according to the Head of the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie, Margarit Yesayan. The text of the adopted statement is below.

“We, representatives of the parliaments of states using French as a common language, gathering at the conference of sections of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie for the European Region on 31 March 2015;

– affirming our obligations for the benefit of peace, democracy, human rights, security in the territory of La Francophonie and the universal values thereof;

– encouraging the International Organization of La Francophonie and the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie to be consistent with the implementation of actions aimed at preventing crises and conflicts in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Principles and Norms of International Law;

– highlighting the inadmissibility of lack of international recognition of the actions viewed as crime of Genocide to this day and reminding that such crime has no expiry date; -we condemn the Genocide perpetrated against the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire;

– we commemorate the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and express solidarity with Armenia and the Armenian people in the struggle for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the restoration of the rights of persons subject to that genocide;

– we invite Turkey to confront its past and eventually recognize the Armenian Genocide and voice hope that that recognition will become a starting point for the reconciliation between the Armenians and Turks.”


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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    Unlike the Russian project, the Francophone declaration sounds more genuine. Outwardly, it does not seem to posses ulterior motive components. Since they are physically and geographically detached from the Caucasus region, we have to assume their intentions are based on goodwill and common human decency. Thank You!

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    ….we invite Turkey to confront its past and eventually recognize the Armenian Genocide …. As long as Erdogan is the president of Turkey this wil not happen, he’s insane and cowardly president, Turkey and Armenians deserve better.

  3. Jove said:

    The French declaration is one more declaration in a string of declarations. It does not achieve any concrete results. Let the carousel of duplicitous and perfidy go around and around. Turkey will never recognize the genocide unless forced to do so. Whether is Erdogan or any other name running the country.

      • Alex Postallian said:

        France,has always been reluctant,in sympathizing,supporting,anothers plight,worrying first about their own situation,and blinking at the others…PLAYING IT SAFE…….