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The Turkish government bears a great responsibility for wounds of history, the Dutch MEP from European People’s party Esther de Lange told Armenian News – NEWS.am, referring to the European Parliament resolution on Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s continuing denial policy.

“We believe that in a democracy it is necessary to deal with one's past and come to terms with it.  It was not the current Turkish state but the Ottoman Empire that was responsible for what happened to the Armenians 100 years ago, but the Turkish government should realize that it bears a great responsibility to help heal the wounds of history,” Esther de Lange said.

On April 15, the European Parliament adopted a resolution by a majority vote, urging Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide in order to contribute to the “reconciliation of the Armenian and Turkish people.” The document calls on Turkey to restore its diplomatic ties with Armenia, open the border and strive for economic integration.  

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