YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) faction in Parliament–Levon Mkrtchian said Wednesday that Armenian genocide recognition has entered a new stage and can now focus on reparations.
"The Armenian genocide recognition issue has entered a new stage. Almost all of the leading states recognized this fact and even the US doesn’t deny it," said Mkrtchian.
He said Armenia’should take advantage of the international community’s positive attitude about Genocide recognition and pursue a more precise approach towards Turkey.
"It’s time to speak of compensations–since without it the fact of recognition loses sense. For Armenia the matter concerns not only moral and material issues–but appears as a security issue as well," the ARF leader said.
Mkrtchian said that if Armenia’s neighbor does not acknowledge the Genocide–the opening of the Armenian-Turkish border and the Karabagh conflict settlement could be drawn out for an indeterminate period of time.
At the same time–the faction leader remarked that the Arab world and Iran’support Armenia in its struggle for Genocide recognition. "Iran has not declared it at the state level–but it sides with Armenia. Actually–the majority of states arrived at the conclusion that the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire should be recognized," said Mkrtchian.