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  • EU parliament says Turkey must recognise "genocide"

    STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament said on Wednesday that Turkey must recognise the killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in 1915 as genocide before it can join the European Union.

    The non-binding resolution was a political slap in the face for Ankara, which insists there was no genocide, but it should not derail the planned start of Turkey's EU membership talks next week, since accession is at least a decade away.

    The EU legislature also postponed a vote, which had been due on Wednesday, to approve Turkey's extended customs union with the EU, in a bid to pressure Ankara to open its ports and airports to traffic from EU member Cyprus.

    Despite a plea from the executive European Commission, lawmakers backed a last-minute move by the conservative European People's Party, led by Germany's Christian Democrats, to delay giving assent to the so-called Ankara Protocol.

    They demanded an undertaking that when the Turkish parliament ratifies the protocol extending the customs union to new EU member states, it would not attach a government declaration refusing to recognise Cyprus.

    The European Parliament resolution endorsed the start of accession negotiations next Monday but included a series of criticisms of Turkey's record on human rights, religious freedom and minorities reflecting sceptical public opinion in Europe.

    The vote followed an emotional debate in which many deputies, especially on the right, poured out their hostility to the prospect of the poor, populous, mainly Muslim nation joining the 25-nation bloc.

    EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn appealed in vain to parliament not to score "an own goal" by refusing to approve the extended customs union.

    But Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said the delay should not affect the start of entry talks.

    "It is not a condition for opening accession talks with Turkey on October 3 since it was signature of the Ankara Protocol which was a condition and not ratification," she told a news briefing in Brussels.

    However, she added that eventual ratification by the European Parliament was essential.

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    Europarliament says Turkey must recognise Cyprus, Armenian genocide

    Europarliament says Turkey must recognise Cyprus, Armenian genocide

    Strasbourg, Sept 28 (CNA) – The European Parliament backed Wednesday the opening of EU entry talks with Turkey next week, but insisted that Ankara recognise Cyprus and the genocide of Armenians during the negotiations.

    The European Parliament has also postponed a vote to ratify Turkey's extended customs union with the EU with 311 votes in favour, 285 against and 63 abstentions. The delay was demanded by the European People's Party (EPP), the biggest party in the EU parliament, due to Ankara's refusal to let Cypriot ships and planes use its ports and airports, as required under the extended customs deal.

    [CENTER][I][COLOR="Red"][B]"We must remind the Turkish Government that when they had Sultan Abdul Hamid, we had Andranik Pasha, Serob Aghbyur, and Gevorg Chaush. When they had Taleat pasha, we had Soghomon Tehleryan. New Hrants will be born, and our struggle will go on.” [/B][/COLOR][/I][/CENTER]

    [COLOR="Black"][CENTER][B]"Hrant Dink's murder is tragic proof that the Turkish government - through its campaign of denial, threats and intimidation against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide - continues to fuel the same hatred and intolerance that initially led to this crime against humanity more than 90 years ago."[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]


    • #3
      Great news, can anyone confirm that this means what it sounds like? (ie. That if Turkey doesn't Recognize the Genocide and Cyprus under no conditions can it enter the EU) Or is there a way around it?

      (I guess what I am asking is: Sometimes laws are passed more as recommendations than anything else, so, is that what this is? or is the law a mandatory ruling that Turkey must recognize the Genocide and Cyprus or it cannot join the EU?)

      If this is a solid requirement, I guess there isn't too much more to discuss They have 2 options:

      1: Face their past, reconcile with Armenians, and move on to the EU.


      2: Show the world that they have a disfunctional society incapable of self-critical analysis, and remain banned from the European Union.
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      • #4
        Key word: non-binding.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Pantalaimon
          Key word: non-binding.
          Missed that, thanks.

          Of course, god forbid it be binding. Now the last sentence said ratification is essential. If it is ratified, would that make it binding? Is there a chance that any other step along the course of putting this bill into effect could make it binding? or is it simply, by nature "non-binding"?

          Anyone know?
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          • #6
            Iste sapi,Iste kapi (Turkey has a choice of grabbing the Euro-Bar or the Door Bar)

            "All truth passes through three stages:
            First, it is ridiculed;
            Second, it is violently opposed; and
            Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

            Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


            • #7
              Europe Love It,Or Leave It!

              "All truth passes through three stages:
              First, it is ridiculed;
              Second, it is violently opposed; and
              Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

              Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


              • #8
                Turkey Must Recognize The Armenian Genocide



                356 “for”, 181 “against”, 125 “undecided”. This is how the deputies of the Euro Parliament voted for the convention about Turkey. As for Armenia, there is a point clearly stipulated in the document.

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                "All truth passes through three stages:
                First, it is ridiculed;
                Second, it is violently opposed; and
                Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


                • #9

                  Originally posted by Gavur
                  As for Armenia, there is a point clearly stipulated in the document.
                  Any idea what the verbiage of that point is?
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                  • #10
                    I'm glad you asked me that question

                    "All truth passes through three stages:
                    First, it is ridiculed;
                    Second, it is violently opposed; and
                    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)