Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Egypt MPs call on parliament to ‎recognise Armenian genocide‎

Independent Egyptian MP Mostafa Bakri said that ‎he and 336 MPs have called on parliament ‎to approve a draft resolution in favour of ‎recognising the death of 1.5 ‎million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman state in 1915 as a ‎‎"genocide." ‎

‎"Parliament must hold a special session on ‎this subject because it was a crime of mass ‎extermination that should be ‎condemned by all world parliaments," said ‎Bakri.‎

"New historical evidence has ‎exposed the slaughter of 1.5 million ‎Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks ‎between 1915 and 1922," Bakri said, adding that his proposal “comes after the German ‎parliament voted last month in favour of ‎recognising the 1915 massacre as ‎a genocide, and many other countries ‎are expected to follow suit.”

Turkey does not officially recognise that the Armenian genocide took place. Following Germany's recent recognition of the genocide, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled Turkey's ambassador to Germany for "consultation," with the Turkish government saying that the move by Berlin was "null and void."

Bakri concluded that "while the Ottomans ‎committed the 1915 massacre, the Erdogan regime is now moving to commit ‎another crime against his political ‎opponents and minorities that seek ‎independence."‎...
  [ahram.org.eg]
26/7/16

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