YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Belgium’s Minister of State and President of the Belgium Chamber of Deputies arrived in Armenia on Monday–on the first-leg of a visit to the region. Belgian leader Herman de Croo and Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian reviewed expanding Armenia’s cooperation with European organizations–as well as the Mountainous Karabagh conflict and Armenia-Turkey relations.
The Belgian leader paid respect to the victims of the Armenian genocide–with a visit to the Dzidzernagapert memorial where he planted a tree in remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenia’s killed by the government of the Ottoman Turkey in 1915.
"The best way to keep the memory of all victims of the past is to have peace in future," de Croo told journalists–as he stressed that the tragic past should not be forgotten.
In 1998–the Belgian Senate passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide and calling on Turkey to recognize its past.
National Assembly Speaker Arthur Baghdasarian also held talks with de Croo–focusing on legislative reforms in the country–regional issues–Armenian-Belgian inter-parliamentary relations–and cooperation within international organizations. Baghdasarian said that Belgium’s support is key for Armenia within the framework of the European Union’s "Wider Europe: New Neighborhood" program.