On March 9th, the Spanish parliament overruled a petition regarding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey between 1915 and 1923, reported the Armenian National Committee of Spain.
President Rodriguez Zapatero presented the Alliance of Civilizations to United Nations in 2004. We believe asking Turkey to assume their responsibility of the Armenian Genocide falls within the context of this proposal, and by overruling the petition of Recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Spanish parliament has invalidated this Alliance. Also, Turkey who had accepted this Alliance, contradicts it by refusing to recognize the Genocide.
“In relation to the statement which declares that there are other priorities on the political agenda with Armenia, we would like to point out that most of the problems which Armenia encounters at the moment are directly related to Turkey not assuming their historical responsibilities toward the Armenian people. The solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh’s conflict is connected to this matter, a condition that Turkey imposed on Armenia for the signing of the 2009 protocols.
Turkey and Azerbaijan continue with their anti-Armenian policy with the closing of their borders imposed by Turkey, which prevents the development of Armenia and the systematic destruction of cultural and religious monuments of Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan).
With this overruling, Spain separates itself from the position adopted in 1987 by the European Parliament who recognized the genocide committed by Turkey.
Condemning crimes against humanity is not related to historical revisionism, denouncing any act of racism and xenophobia, which the European Union advises, is a priority for any political organization, with independence of its ideological views.
The passing of time does not lessen the seriousness of the facts and it is everyone’s responsibility to stop the statements which are used to justify impunity. We do not want retaliation, we demand historical justice,” reads the statement issued by the Armenian National Comm