December 15, 2007 - 13:42 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net
- December 14, the European Armenian Federation organized a rally in Brussels calling on the European Union to urge Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide
before joining the Union, independent French journalist Jean Eckian told PanARMENIAN.Net
Over 800 Armenians gathered to say NO to Turkey that doesn't recognize the Armenian Genocide. The demonstrators claimed observation of the Copenhagen criteria which integrate the Armenian Genocide recognition, preliminary to Turkish adhesion in the EU
"We are not against Turkey's accession but we do stand Turkey which refuses to leave Cyprus, to recognize Cyprus, to recognize the Armenian Genocide and the rights of the Kurds" said Mourad Papazian, president of the ARF Dashnaksutyun Europe.
In an icy cold, the speakers coming from all Europe, followed one another the rostrum drawn up on Esplanade du Cinquantenaire of Brussels facing the European Union, where the 27 heads of state and governments finally deferred to next Monday the Turkish question, for lack of agreement.
The European Armenian Federation is of the view that by altering the essence of these negotiations from one of automatic accession to "accession or privileged partnership" is a positive move. It reopens the political debate on the key issue of whether Turkeys uniting with the Democracies of Europe is indeed a natural progression for the European Union itself.
"Even if today, the Europeans have not yet defined the clear content of what would be the "privileged partnership," we know, however, that Turkey will try to obtain a maximum of privileges from the EU and that it will confer it exorbitant leverages and that it will reinforce its economic and military power," commented Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation