NICOSIA (CNA) –The Cyprus House of Representatives commemorated on May 9 the Armenian genocide of 1915. House President Demetris Christofias and Petros Kalaidjian–representative of the Armenian religious group of Cyprus–described the genocide as an abhorrent crime.
Christofias stressed that in order to become a part of Europe–Turkey must respect international law and international legality.
He noted that with Turkey as the persecutor–the Armenian people have suffered as Cypriots–including Armenian citizens of Cyprus–"who are an inseparable part of our society.”
Christofias stressed that by refusing to abide by UN resolutions and to recognize the genocide of Armenia’s–Turkey seems to remain addicted to a policy of opposing the international community and international legality.
Kalaidjian thanked the people of Cyprus and its representatives for their pioneering stance on the issue of the Armenian genocide recognition.
He noted that to serve justice to the victims of the genocide is a matter of national obligation–duty and honor.
The Cyprus House of Representatives was the first parliament to recognize the Armenian Genocide and condemn Turkey for the crime.