Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Dutch Parliament Recognizes 1915 Armenian Massacre as Genocide

Dutch Parliament Recognizes 1915 Armenian Massacre as Genocide Dutch Parliament Recognizes 1915 Armenian Massacre as Genocide
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 05:52

The Dutch government can describe an event as "genocide" only upon a binding decision by the United Nations or an global court, acting foreign minister told the Dutch Parliament Thursday. The bills on the Armenian Genocide will be discussed in the Parliament of the Netherlands on February 22, at 11:00 local time, Masis Abrahamyan - chairman of the Armenian National Committee of the Netherlands, told ARMENPRESS.

The motion was by Joel Voordewind of the ChristenUnie and were supported by all four coalition parties. "Our country houses the capital of worldwide law after all, so we must not be afraid to do the right thing here too", Voordewind said to Trouw, a Dutch publication last Friday.

Relations between the two countries, both members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, plunged previous year when the Netherlands deported a Turkish minister who had come to campaign among the Dutch Turkish minority for a constitutional referendum in Turkey.

Under another motion, also approved on Thursday, a cabinet representative should attend the commemoration of Genocide in Armenia in April.

The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey has been tense as of late.

Relations between Turkey and The Hague worsened in 2017, when the Netherlands refused Turkish ministers access to the country to campaign for a referendum, which eventually passed, giving President Tayyip Erdogan more power.

Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to Ankara on Saturday to express unhappiness with the impending vote.

"The unfounded decisions taken by the parliament of a country which closed its eyes to the Srebrenica massacre. have no place in history", the foreign ministry said. Earlier this month, the Dutch government withdrew its ambassador to Turkey.

On March 13, 2017-two days after the refusal by Dutch authorities-President Erdogan also accused the Netherlands of acting like a "banana republic" instead of a member of the European Union and called on sanctions while speaking at a mass ceremony.

According to the Armenian National Institute, 28 countries.