BRUSSELS’s-European Parliament deputies proposed 236 amendmen’s aimed at improving the draft resolution on “EU-Turkey Relations”. The draft text of this document, prepared by Ria Oomen-Ruijten of the Netherland Christian-democrats, came under criticism–including within her own political party, the EPP–because of its laconic wording that evaded most of the key issues: the socio-cultural rights of Kurds, the occupation of Cyprus, the EU’s absorption capacity and the enduring racist forces in the upper echelons of the Turkish government.
Numerous amendmen’s, proposed by MEPs from various political parties, aim to address Armenian issues, which were fully censored in the draft text. Hence, Turkey’s will to exclude Armenia from regional projects and its direct blockade of Armenia are denounced by several amendmen’s including those from Conservatives, Liberals, Souverainists and Socialists. These amendmen’s as well as those by the Leftists reiterate the requirement that Ankara recognize the Armenian Genocide and put an end to its official policy of denial.
Compromise amendmen’s–which themselves exclude the Armenian elemen’s of the Turkish record–have been proposed by the rapporteur Oomen-Ruijten and are currently under negotiation. However, several MEPs have made it clear that they will maintain their amendmen’s explicitly asking Turkey to recognize the Genocide and to lift the blockade of Armenia.
We are very pleased for Europe that there are still some MEPs who continue to remind–year after year–of the political and moral requiremen’s regarding Turkey’s candidacy,” stated Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.
The European Armenian Federation urges the European deputies to vote for the amendmen’s that clearly call on Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, to end its official policy of denial, to withdraw its blockade of Armenia and to end its policy of by-passing Armenia in regional projects.
The resolution will be voted on in the Foreign Affairs committee this Wednesday.