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European Declaration On The Armenian Genocide Sent To The Entire European Council

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  • European Declaration On The Armenian Genocide Sent To The Entire European Council

    For Justice and Democracy

    For immediate release
    17th June 2005


    Brussels, Belgium (17th June 2005) The European Armenian Federation yesterday
    forwarded a Europe-wide public declaration, launched on the occasion of the
    90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, to the heads of the 25 members
    States of the European Union gathered at the Brussels Summit on the 16th and
    17th of June.

    Hundreds of European associations, organizations and institutions have
    already signed this declaration, which calls on the European Council and the
    European Commission to establish, as a formal requirement within the
    negotiations framework for Turkey's potential membership in the European Union,
    the necessity that Turkey abide by resolutions adopted by the European
    Parliament since 2000 demanding its acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide.

    "While seeking to maintain the image of a state committed to accepting its
    responsibilities," wrote the Federation in a letter accompanying the
    declaration, "Turkey, in practice, continues to escalate its aggressive denial
    campaign and to pressure the European Union to avoid this issue altogether."
    In light of Turkey's stark hypocrisy, "only a clear and decisive approach on
    the part of the European Union will lead to any meaningful progress in this
    area," said Hilda Tchoboian, chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.

    "The European citizens represented in this declaration hold that the
    democratically expressed views of the people of Europe, as expressed
    European Parliament, must be reflected in the actual decision-making
    concerning Europe's future," concluded Tchoboian.
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