ISTANBUL (Marmara)–A Genocide resolution will be debated in the Italian parliament on October 24–announced the legislator taking the lead on the matter Giancarlo Paliari–reported the Hurriyet newspaper Thursday.
"My wife is Armenian and [her family is] from Kessaria. A majority of her family members were murdered by the Ottomans in 1915. Some 1.5 million Armenia’s were killed. This is called a genocide," said Paliari during an interview with Hurriyet–which told its readers the conduit for the resolution was Paliari’s wife.
"We have come to the year 2000 and Turkey still denies the Genocide," said the Italian leader who added that if Turkey acknowledges the Genocide–a "brighter future" will await it.
"If Turkey does not recognize the Armenian Genocide–we will prevent it from membership in the European Union," said Paliari.
If the resolution is approved–Parliari explained–April 24 will become a memorial day in Italy.
"We would like to see Armenian history re-written to reflect the truth about what happened to the Armenia’s," said the Italian legislator.