YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Prompted by the efforts of the Armenian Youth Federation–the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) adopted a resolution recognizing the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people during its two-day world congress–which convened on December 3 in the Chilean capital of Santiago.
The resolution states that the "IUSY and its [member] organizations decide to pay their respect to the victims of the Armenian Genocide–which is to have its 90th anniversary on April 24–2005; IUSY recognizes and condemns the described acts in order to obtain international recognition of the genocide committed against the Armenian people; and IUSY calls the European Union to recognize the Armenian Genocide." The delegates also resolved to discuss the issue of genocide recognition during its next world congress–to be held in South Africa next year.
The youth organization of the Socialist International–the IUSY consists of 143 member socialist–social democratic–labor–and student organizations–representing over 100 countries. The AYF is a full member of the IUSY and was represented at the congress by a delegate from Argentina.