BRUSSELS–Franco Frattini, Vice-president of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of "Justice, Liberty and Security" inaugurated Monday the welcoming ceremony of the 2nd Convention of European Armenia’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the European Parliament.
"We are very honored and very pleased of Vice-president Frattini’s coming," commented Hilda Tchoboian, Chairperson of the European Armenian Federation. "This is a strong political act through which the European Commission indicates that it can take into consideration our European citizens’ expectations."
The convention will bring together people from 29 countries-19 of which are countries from the EU including numerous new Member States. For most of these newcomers, this Convention will represent their first participation in a pan European event, said the EAFJD.
Oomen-Ruijten, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey might also take the floor at the Convention, reports the EAFJD.
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, who left for Belgium Monday, is expected to make a speech at the Convention. Speeches will also be delivered by Frattini, Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia, former and current Members of the European Parliament, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby and OSCE Minsk Group French Co-Chair Bernard Fassier.
Oskanian will head the Armenian delegation for the annual meeting of the Armenia-EU Cooperation Council in Luxemburg on Tuesday. The meeting will be chaired by Portugal’s State Secretary for European Affairs Manuel Lobo Antunes and will feature Dmitri Rupel, the Foreign Minister of Slovenia Javier Solana and EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Slovenia is next in line to chair the EU Council.
Oskanian is also scheduled to speak Wednesday at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris.
The Genocide documentary "Screamers," which by analyzing the workings of denials of genocides demonstrates their similarities, was screened in the European Parliament after the first session and in the presence of the film’s director, Carla Garapedian.
"With this unique venue, we will be able to show to those European political personalities who often continue to ignore the perverse speeches of denial and the abjectness of denying. At this hour, when the European Parliament appears to give in and surrender its weapons to the denials of Turkey, we hope that this screening will be able to remobilize the consciences in face of an ideology which has proven to be dangerous" concluded Laurent Leylekian.
The screening of "Screamers" honored the memory of Hrant Dink, Armenian journalist in Turkey, who in January 2007 was assassinated in Istanbul because he advocated for his country’s recognition of the Armenian genocide. The current court case against the assassin and his associates highlighted the direct responsibility of the Turkish official ideology – racial and denialist – on the motives of the murder as well as the collusion between the state apparatus and the killers.
The Euro-Armenian Federation announced that 29 countries will be represented in the Second Convention of European Armenia’s. The participants – mainly leading members of the Armenian Diaspora of Europe – and other personalities with responsibilities in the political and associative domains are interested in the Armenian Question and will be attending from the European Union Countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, participants will travel from Armenia, Canada, the United States, Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Syria.
"The capacity of the convention to mobilize demonstrates the extent to which the Armenian issues constitute a focal point of interest for a number of important European citizens and also for many international observers" commented Laurent Leylekian, the executive director of the Euro-Armenian Federation.