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  • Turkey /eu Accession: Negotiation Framework Criticized

    EUROPEAN ARMENIAN FEDERATION
    for Justice & Democracy
    Avenue dela Renaissance 10
    B-1000 Bruxelles
    Tel: +322 732 70 26
    Tel/Fax:+322 732 70 27
    Email: [email protected]



    PRESS RELEASE
    For immediate release
    July 11, 2005
    Contact :Talline Tachdjian
    Tel :+322 732 70 26


    TURKEY /EU ACCESSION: NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK CRITICIZED

    - 350 European organizations and leaders from 21 countries call on European
    Union to integrate the Armenian Genocide in the negotiations
    framework

    - The UMP (Union for Popular Movement) Members of the European Parliament ask
    the Council to modify the European Commission's negotiations mandate

    Brussels, Belgium (July 7th, 2005) *- Over 350 associations and
    key leaders of European civil society from 21 countries responded
    to an appeal by the European Armenian Federation to include Armenian
    Genocide recognition in Turkey's EU accession negotiations framework.

    The initiative, launched last April, as the world marked the 90th
    anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, garnered the support of
    groups representing Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants,
    associations for the defense of victims of Genocide and crimes
    against humanity, Human Rights groups, member organizations of the
    Charter of European Armenians, as well as key figures of European political
    life.

    The European Appeal urged the European Union to integrate calls by national and
    European Parliaments to include Genocide recognition in the negotiations
    framework.

    The European Armenian Federation noted that, on Tuesday July 5th,
    the French delegation of European People’s Party (EPP *- Christian Democrats)
    of European Parliament called on the Council “to modify the mandate of
    negotiations of the [European] Commission”, notably “to reinforce the
    exigencies of Union on essential topics such as Freedom of Religion, Penal
    legislation, the recognition of Cyprus and the recognition of the Armenian
    Genocide”.

    In a July 5th press release issued by the French EPP (www.umpeurope.org), Mr
    Jacques Toubon, Vice President of the EU-Turkey Delegation, accused the
    Commission of harboring an “irresponsible attitude” which was “totally
    devoid of reality”.
    He affirmed that “the official framework of negotiations essentially
    engages Turkey on its terms and not the criteria laid down by the [European]
    Union”.

    During the presentation of the negotiations framework to the European
    Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Mr Olli Rehn, the Commissioner
    responsible for European Enlargement, revealed that a program geared to promote
    “dialogue between the Turkish and European civil societies” was in fact
    intended to improve European public opinion about Turkey's accession to the EU.
    That program
    will be allocated 40 millions euros in 2006 alone.

    “We would encourage the European Union to utilize the criteria established by
    the European Parliament, adopted since the beginning of Turkey's accession
    process, instead wasting funds trying to improve Turkey’s image in Europe at
    the expense of European tax dollars,” stated European Armenian Federation
    Chairwoman Hilda Tchoboian.

    “It is regrettable that the Commission would so openly ignore the wishes of
    450 million European citizens and their 730 elected representatives. It is an
    abnormal and dangerous situation for democracy. Encouraged by the support of
    political parties and leaders in the Union, we will again submit the European
    Appeal and the
    signatories list to the European Council in the days leading up to the October
    3rd negotiations,” concluded Tchoboian.
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