ISTANBUL (Marmara)–At an OSCE meeting in Brussels–Belgian Senator Alan Deshtek urged the European Union to make the recognition of the Armenian Genocide a requirement for Turkey’s membership into the Union.
It should be noted that on November 15–the European Parliament ratified a similar resolution–but the EU has not taken this into consideration for Turkey’s preliminary membership requiremen’s. The Turkish "Anadolu" press office reports that Deshtek was a candidate for the OSCE National Minorities High Commissioner position–but Turkey used its veto right against him because he had signed the Armenian recognition resolution in 1998 which was passed by the Belgian Senate.
Deshtek has stressed that Ankara sought revenge against him by using its veto right. On returning to the Armenian Genocide recognition issue–he reminds us that Germany could never have joined the European Union–if it had not taken responsibility for Jewish Holocaust.