PRAGUE—In a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, reported on Thursday by Asbarez, Czech Republic President Milos Zeman referred to the events of 1915 as genocide, acknowledging the upcoming centennial in 2015.
“Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915 1.5 million Armenians were killed,” said Zeman.
Czech Senator to introduce Genocide bill
Czech Senator Jaromír Štětina welcomed the recent statement by the President of the Czech Republic about the Armenian Genocide, reported Armenpress. The Senator has regularly been in favor of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the course of his career.
In a conversation with Armenpress, Jaromír Štětina said that he intends to introduce a declaration on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide to the foreign relations and defense committees of the Czech Parliament in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
“The declaration will be introduced in 2015 ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I would like the Czech Senate to join the civilized parliaments which have recognized the Armenian Genocide. Preparatory work towards the declaration will be launched in late 2014,” the Czech Senator stated.
Jaromír Štětina strongly hopes that the planned official visit by the President of the Czech Republic to Armenia at the invitation of the Armenian President will greatly contribute to the adoption of a Genocide recognition bill.
Senator Štětina also praised the meeting of the Armenian President with the spiritual leader of the Czech Republic, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka, who supports the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.