Politics 15:12 13/12/2019 Armenia

Pashinyan: Turkey’s genocide denial policy remains a threat to Armenian people

On behalf of the Armenian people, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed gratitude to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives for the passage of resolutions recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide.

“A crucial and historic event took place yesterday: the US Senate unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide,” Pashinyan said during a consultation on the budgetary allocations for the Armenian Defense Ministry for 2020.

The Armenian leader reminded the House of Representatives had passed the Armenian Genocide resolution in late October.

“I want to say words of appreciation to American Armenians, all organizations and individuals that have continued to the adoption of this important and historic decision and to congratulate the Armenian people on this historic victory of truth, which opens up a new chapter in international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and takes the process to a new level,” he said.

According to him, the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide is important not only in terms of reinstating the historical truth but also as an important component of the global genocide prevention movement.

Nikol Pashinyan noted that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide also has a security component for Armenia.

“This process is important in terms of ensuring the security of the country and its people,” the PM said. “Turkey’s denial policy makes us state that it remains a threat to the Armenian people and Armenia.”

According to the prime minister, in general, the decisions of the United States and a number of other countries are also a response to Turkey's destructive and aggressive policies in the region. "Let's look at what is happening in our region: Turkey's aggressive policy towards Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey has been keeping Armenia under blockade, which in fact shows the role Turkey has in our region today."

Pashinyan urged the international community to express a clear stance on Turkey's actions and to encourage Turkey to reassess and review its role in the region.

“Like all other previous governments, our government insists that we are ready to establish diplomatic relations with Turkey without preconditions. We have also stated that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is not on our agenda of relations with Turkey. The recognition of the Armenian Genocide is first and foremost necessary for Turkey to reconsider its role in the region,” Pashinyan stressed. 



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