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EU may recognize Armenian genocide at the next summit

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by jogrinwis, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. jogrinwis

    jogrinwis New Member

    On 28 and 29 June, a summit of EU leaders was held in Brussels. Urgent reform of the EU migration system, extension of anti-Russian sanctions and the simmering conflict situation around the UK withdrawal from the EU became the key issues on the summit's agenda. However, a number of other important issues were not even raised for discussion. For instance, despite the previously reached agreements, the final recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire, as well as, the proclamation of 24 April as the Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Armenian Genocide remained goals to be achieved. It is known that Greg Sarkisyan, President of the Zoryan Institute, in his letter to President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, asked for 'encouraging' members of the European Council to consider this issue.

    And the fact that the issue of the Genocide of Armenians, nevertheless, was not placed on the agenda of this summit evoked widespread reaction within Armenian national communities and lobby groups. Many of them expressed their readiness 'to stay in their position until death'.


    However, there are reasonable grounds to believe that such concern is premature at this time. According to inside information on events taking place in the margins of the summit, it is not a question of declining, but only delaying consideration of this issue because of the complex situation. To quote the EU leaders, the proposal for the proclamation of 24 April as the Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Armenian Genocide will be submitted for consideration at the following summits. Many of them have already expressed their willingness to support this initiative and thus to put a decisive end to the long-standing dispute.

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