Motion adopted in Dutch Parliament against Erdogan¹s Hate Speech on Armenian Genocide

Federation of Armenian Organisations in The Netherlands (FAON)
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Motion adopted in Dutch Parliament against Erdogan¹s Hate Speech on Armenian

The Hague,  ­ Almost unanimously the Dutch Parliament today
passed a motion by Christian Union (CU) faction MP Mr. Joël Voordewind,
expressing disgust at Turkish President Erdogan¹s recent speech regarding
the Armenian Genocide. The Federation of Armenian Organisations in the
Netherlands (FAON) appreciates this clear and consistant pronouncement by
Dutch Parliament. The FAON had urged the Parliament to take action in
response to these unacceptable remarks.

The motion by Christian Union MP Mr. Joel Voordewind, in which the
Parliament also requests the government to renounce Erdogan¹s words and
transmit this point of view to the government of Turkey, was supported by
almost all members of the Parliament, except the 3 members of the Denk
Faction. After the voting Mr. Voordewind asked the Cabinet inform the
Parliament how the motion will be implemented.

Foreign minister Blok had not advised against the motion and left it to the
judgement of the Parliament.

In a speech on 24 April, the remenbrance day of Armenian Genocide, Erdogan
had spoken about ³Armenian gangs who massacred Muslim people² and the
relocation of the Armenians as a ³reasonable action².

During the Dutch Parliament¹s debate on Turkey (on 15 May 2019), several
factions had already urged the Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok to condemn
Erdogan¹s inadmissible denial practices.

See further detailed Press Release by FAON on 20 May 2019
and Press Release by FAON on 6 June 2019

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS