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Resolutie van de Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

[18 maart 2015]

Resolution on the centennial of the Armenian genocide

The EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly,

– having regard to Article 9 (3) of its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948,

– having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 16 December 1966,

– having regard to the UN Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity of 26 November 1968,

– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 20 July 1987 on a political solution to the Armenian question,

– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 15 November 2000 on the 1999 Regular Report from the Commission on Turkey's progress towards accession,

– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 28 September 2005 on the opening of negotiations with Turkey,

– having regard to the resolutions and statements of the legislative bodies of a number of EU Member States,

A. whereas 2015 marks the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated under the Ottoman Empire;

B. whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world;

C. whereas the denial of genocide is widely recognised as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for its perpetrators and demonstrably paving the way for future genocides; whereas the absence of unequivocal and timely condemnation of the Armenian genocide contributed to a large extent to the failure to prevent future crimes against humanity;

D. whereas the early prevention of such crimes can undoubtedly stop the escalation of conflicts, tragedies and humanitarian catastrophes;

1. Condemns all forms of crime against humanity and genocide, and deeply deplores attempts to deny them;

2. Pays tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of all genocides and crimes committed against humanity;

3. Stresses that the prevention of genocides and crimes against humanity should be a priority for the international community; believes that further development of international capacity in this area is essential;

4. Supports the international struggle to prevent genocides, to restore the rights of people subjected to genocide and to establish historical justice;

5. Invites Turkey to come to terms with its past;

6. Considers that preparing the ground for future reconciliation between peoples is of the utmost importance.