July 11, 2006 - 19:31 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net
- "The European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) hails the initiative of these Members of the European Parliament whose amendments are going to embed acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide as "a prerequisite to accession" within the current negotiation process," stated Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation. "We invite their colleagues from the Foreign Affairs committee to follow this path in adopting these amendments." "Twenty years ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on 'a political solution to the Armenian question' the findings of which were considered 'insurmountable obstacles' to Turkey's accession. Twenty years later, none of these issues has been resolved. Given these circumstances, the continuation of the negotiations, without dealing with the root concerns, is a political anomaly which must stop," commented Hilda Tchoboian. "We urge the executive bodies of the European Union to regain their credibility on these critical issues, by listening to public opinion and advancing strong, non-negotiable demands with regard to Turkey, most notably the acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide. Otherwise, each step forward in the accession process of this denialist State will mean a retreat for Europe, until its fundamental values completely vanish," concluded the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.
Yesterday members of basic political groups of the European Parliament favored inclusion of an item on recognition of the Armenian Genocide
by Turkey as a precondition to that country's accession to the EU. The MEPs specifically come for Genocide recognition and lifting the blockade against Armenia to be fixed as a precondition for Turkey's accession by negotiation framework with Brussels.