GENEVA (Armenpress)–The government of Republic and Canton of Geneva approved a statement–on Monday–officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
According to the press office of Armenian Foreign ministry–the statement–signed by almost all members of the Geneva government–says–"Geneva hopes Armenia and Turkey will establish a long-lasting peace–however–that peace cannot be based on concealing historic facts–which damages the development of relations between Armenia and Turkey.
This statement is not aimed against Turkey–but it calls on Turkey to recognize its past crimes and start the process of establishing peaceful relations with Armenia based on historical truth."
It should be stated that on June 25–1998 the Parliament of Geneva approved Bill 357 on the recognition of the Genocide.
The bill condemned the Genocide and called on Switzerland to display a strong will in expressing its position on the Genocide.
This statement shows that the government of Geneva is ready to " help efforts toward international recognition of the Genocide."
Armenian diplomatic representatives and Armenian community leaders were invited to participate in the parliamentary session. After the statement’s approval the UN representative of Armenia to Geneva delivered a speech saying–"Armenia and the Armenian people extol the statement approved by the Geneva government. This is a victory for democracy and an important step towards the recognition of the Genocide by the international community. The recognition by Geneva is an important example for other Cantons and especially for the Swiss government to take the initiative and join the Geneva Canton in recognizing the undeniable historical truth of the Genocide. We welcome the Geneva resolution and call on other governmen’s and parliamen’s to follow their example." The recognition by the Geneva government is also a result of the active participation of Swiss Armenia’s in the political–cultural and social life of Switzerland. Being an international center–Geneva once again confirmed its devotion to the principles of democracy and human rights protection.