Bulgarian Conservatives Insist on Recognizing Armenian GenocideMar 19th, 2010 | Category: Featured News
the Armenian Genocide\" width="262" height="161" />YEREVAN (Novosti Armenia), March 19 –The Bulgarian conservative party “Order, Law and Justice” submitted to the Parliament an official announcement, condemning the Armenian Genocide, the website www.novinite.com informs.
According to the report, this decision is connected with the visit of the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Bulgaria and with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement on the possibility of deportation of 100,000 Armenians from the country.
On Tuesday in his interview with the British TV company BBC the head of the Turkish government said that 170,000 Armenians live in Turkey, of which only 70,000 have citizenship.
“Tomorrow, if need be, I will tell those 100,000 Armenians, with whom we now cope, to leave our country. I will do it, as they are not my citizens and I am not obliged to keep them in our country,” Erdogan said.
“Order, Law and Justice” is also waiting for the Prime Minister’s official answer about policy of the Bulgarian Cabinet on the Armenian Genocide.
The head of the party Yane Yanev mentioned that their aim is to reach a consensus on these tragic events and to make a clear statement in defense of this historical truth, just like the US and Sweden did.
On March 4 the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committee adopted the Armenian Genocide resolution H.Res. 252. On March 11 the fact of the Armenian Genocide was recognized also by the Swedish Parliament.
The Armenian Genocide is considered the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey continues to reject the charge of mass depopulation of about 1.5 million of Armenians during the the years of World War I. The Armenian Genocide has been recognized by many countries, like Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the Lower Chamber of Italy and the majority of US states.
Translated from Russian by Yerevan Report