YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The ARF faction of the Armenian Parliament has forwarded a letter to the chairman of the Swiss National Assembly Peter Hessin. Armen Roustamian–member of the ARF faction–circulated the letter during a session of the Armenian Parliament held on March 20. Roustamian called on all other parliamentarians to join the ARF in this effort.
The letter finds regrettable the Swiss National Assembly’s failure to pass an Armenian Genocide resolution last week–especially since Switzerland was one of the first countries to sign the Statute on the International Criminal Court–and its recent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The letter thanks the 70 members of the Swiss Parliament who voted in favor of the resolution–and the members of the Swiss Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The letter goes on hoping that one day the Armenian Genocide–which is one of the 20th century’s most horrific crimes against humanity–will be worthy of recognition by the Swiss legislature.
The ARF faction has also sent a letter to Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss–which reads: "We hope the Swiss Foreign Ministry will not cave into Turkish threats–and will reconsider its position regarding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide–without taking into account economic ties between Switzerland and Turkey."