PARIS (Yerkir)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) announced that it will introduce candidates to run in European Parliament (EP) elections on June 13–2004–said ARF Central Committee of Europe representative Murad Papazian at a June 18 gathering in Paris. The ARF will present a platform based on "common European ideas of human rights," and will run with two lists in Lions-Marseilles and Paris.
The move comes as European political parties’ show reluctance to require recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a precondition for Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU)–as well the reluctance of European parties to put Armenia’s in top positions on election party lists.
"Facing such an inadmissible and painful situation–the ARF made a great decision to participate in the upcoming election of the EP. As a result–we will be able to get our voice out directly to European institutes–the media–and the public," said Papazian.
The EP will be composed of 626 members–of which 87 are from France. France–for the first time–will have 8 constituencies in the EP instead of the usual one. Two of these constituencies are of direct interest to the Armenian community.