Ashot Melkonyan: Armenian Genocide – Incontestable Fact


11.03.2010 13:39 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Adoption of the Armenian Genocide resolution 252 by
the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs once again proved that
the Armenian Genocide is an incontestable fact, Ashot Melkonyan ,
Director of the Institute of History of RA NAS told a news conference
in Yerevan. According to him, Armenia has no longer have problems with
international recognition of the genocide. "International recognition
of the Armenian Genocide is a part of history and now we need to think
and talk about the elimination of its consequences. The best way for us
is an appeal to the International Court in The Hague," Melkonyan said.

According to the historian, until now no one except Russia recorded
that in 1915 Armenians were deprived of their homeland. "We will not
deviate from the process of recognition of the Armenian Genocide,
but that process should be moved to the politico-legal field in
order to speak of elimination of the consequences. Prior to this
recognition by the international community, the Armenians spoke only
abouyt the return of territories, but in 1965 there was a turn in
consciousness, and today we demand not only territories but also
financial compensation," Melkonyan said.

However, in Ashot Melkonyan’s opinion, the resolution 252 will not
be put to a vote in the Congress."Previously, there was no Iraq
or Afghanistan and the resolution was not put to a vote, and now
even more. Even if the Congress votes, there will not be a positive
decision. The United States and Turkey have agreed that the resolution
will remain at the Committee, and in return, Turkey will not worsen
relations with the United States," the director of the Institute of
History of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia said.

On 4 March the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign
Affairs adopted the Resolution 252 on the Armenian Genocide (23 votes
in favor and with 22 votes against).

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