July 8, 2015 - 10:08 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Socialist International (SI) Council, during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, decided to take action on the issue of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Weekly reports.
SI Secretary General Luis Ayala informed the council that for the last two days, the SI leadership has been consulting with SI member parties from Armenia (Armenian Revolutionary Federation, ARF) and Turkey (People’s Republican Party, CHP) to come to an agreement on the agenda item that was passed on from the last council meeting in Geneva: “The views of the Socialist International on the issue of the Armenian Genocide, considering its recognition by a number of national parliaments and supranational institutions.”
Ayala told the council that an agreement had been reached. He thanked the SI vice-presidents from Armenia (Mario Nalpatian, ARF) and Turkey (Umut Oran, CHP) for their contributions and for reaching an agreement, which was presented to the council for adoption.
Ayala said that on the occasion of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Socialist International was eager to take action and to organize a hearing or a roundtable discussion with the participation of member parties from Turkey and Armenia, as well as any other willing SI member party, along with civil society members and intellectuals from both Armenia and Turkey on the following question: “Would Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide allow for genuine reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia?”
Ayala also said that the conclusions from the discussion will be distributed worldwide and reported to the next SI Council.