European Parliament Follows Pro-Turkish Policy

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The European Parliament is following a pro-Turkish policy said Thursday Hilda Tchoboian, chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.
“The European Parliament Foreign Relations Committee did not pass the most recent resolution on EU-Turkey relations,” she said. “Calls to recognize the Armenian Genocide and put an end to the policy of denial don’t find sympathy among European parliamentarians. The topic was not discussed at the October 3 session and the report prepared by Ria Oomen-Ruijten was not amended,” Tchoboian added.
“The final voting will be held October 24 and we are planning to issue objections to the resolution,” she said. “The EAFJD will sit October 15-16 to work out a statement referring both to Hay Tahd and Armenia’s foreign policy.”
Earlier this month, European Parliament deputies proposed 236 amendmen’s aimed at improving the draft resolution on the EU-Turkey Relations. The draft text of this document, prepared by Oomen-Ruijten of the Christian-democrat party in the Netherlands, came under criticism–including within her own political party–because of its laconic wording that evaded most of the key issues: the sociocultural rights of Kurds, the occupation of Cyprus, the EU’s absorption capacity and the enduring racist forces in the upper echelons of the Turkish government.


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