The political forum of the European People’s Party (EPP) on Tuesday adopted a resolution on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The statement issued by EPP says the party, pursuant to its own platform and standards, reaffirms its recognition and condemnation of the Genocide and great dispossession of the Armenian people ahead of the 100th Anniversary on 24 April 2015.
According to the European Friends of Armenia, the text adopted by the EPP political assembly refers to different aspects of this atrocious crime, such as "...dispossession of the homeland, the massacres and ethnic cleansing aimed at the extermination of the Armenian population, the destruction of the Armenian heritage, as well as the denial of the Genocide, all attempts to avoid responsibility, to consign to oblivion the committed crimes and their consequences or to justify them, as a continuation of this crime and encouragement to commit new genocides..."
Moreover the resolution calls upon Turkey to recognise and condemn the Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire as a base for the complete normalisation and Europeanisation of its relationship along with its international commitments and European aspirations. It also appeals to international organisations, specially the EU and CoE member states, to restore historical justice and pay tribute to the victims. This political initiative puts also a strong accent on cultural and religious component of this crime, noting that this heritage should be repaired and returned to the Armenian and other relevant communities.