YEREVAN (Arka)—Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Chairwoman Heidi Hautala described a resolution adopted Tuesday by the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly on the centenary of the Armenian Genocide as a very important decision, when speaking to reporters in Yerevan Wednesday on the sidelines of the Euronest session. The resolution, which calls for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, was endorsed by 33 votes, 4 votes were against.
“Personally, I attach great importance to this resolution. Before the start of the plenary session of the Euronest PA, we visited the Genocide Memorial in Tsitsernakaberd, and adopted this important decision,” said Hautala.
Prior to the vote a German lawmaker, Kurt Fleckenstein, said that “it is impossible to build a good future, without recognizing the fact of genocide.”
One of those who voted against was a member of parliament from Ukraine, Sergey Alekseev, who said he voted against the recognition of a genocide of 1.5 million people as vindication against Armenia’s neutral stance on the Ukrainian civil war.
Hautala said the fourth ordinary session of Euronest was successful, having adopted a number of important resolutions concerning the expansion of cooperation with the countries embraced by EU’s Eastern Partnership program.
Euronest was held in Yerevan on March 17 and 18. The agenda included four main reports by the standing committees of the National Assembly of Armenia on cooperation issues from 2014 to 2020 under the European Neighborhood and Eastern Partnership programs.