YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Parliament of Venezuela has adopted a resolution that recognizes the Armenian genocide and asks the European Union (EU) to place preconditions on Turkey’s EU bid.
Adopted on July 14–the resolution was introduced by Parliament Member Victor Hugo Morales and attorney Janet Madris.
Venezuela’s Armenia’s have worked for years to have their country officially recognize and denounce the genocide of fellow Armenia’s by Turkey’s Ottoman government. With Turkey’s recent aspirations toward Europe–however–the resolution also appeals to the EU to "postpone Turkey’s membership bid until its also recognizes the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenia’s."
The text of the resolution in full reads:
The National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
The first scientifically planned–organized and executed genocide in the history of humanity took place 90 years ago–perpetrated by the regime of the "Young Turks" and their ideology of "Panturkism," against the Armenian People–involving the extermination of almost two million people.
Crimes of this nature must be denounced in order to prevent them from happening again–in order to restore to the victims their human and national rights and to condemn the perpetrators.
This genocide deserves repudiation from the Turkish People and all the peoples of the world.
The People and the State of Venezuela have continuously condemned terrorism and racial–ethnical–religious and political discrimination.
The People and the State of Venezuela fight permanently against all types of terrorism–including State Terrorism.
Due to political causes and interests–there is an ongoing attempt to change history through
the negation of this genocide.
The National Assembly resolves
First: To express to the Armenian People–to their government and to the strong Armenian-Venezuelan Community–support on their valid and delayed humanitarian aspirations of justice.
Second: To request the European Union to postpone Turkey’s membership bid–until the recognition by Turkey of the Armenian Genocide.
Third: To designate a Committee in charge of delivering this resolution to the Armenian Parliament and to the Armenian Religious Authorities.
Fourth: To form the Parliamentary Group of Friendship to the Armenian People.