Bulgaria’s Parliament turns down resolution on Armenian genocideSource : http://www.sofiaecho.com/2012/01/11/1742599_bulgarias-parliament-turns-down-resolution-on-armenian-genocide
Wed, Jan 11 2012 14:05 CET
byТhe Sofia Echo staff
The latest attempt by Bulgarian ultra-nationalist party Ataka to ask the country’s Parliament to recognise the Armenian genocide was defeated in the House on January 11 2012.
Vehemently rejected as historically valid by Turkey, the "Armenian genocide" refers to events during conflicts from 1915 as the Ottoman empire neared its end.
The issue of the Armenian genocide has troubled Turkey’s bilateral relations with Armenia for several years. Where countries recently have formally recognised the Armenian genocide or moved towards doing so – lately including Sweden in 2010, a US congressional committee and in recent weeks, France – Ankara has responded with protests including severing or limiting diplomatic and economic ties.
The municipalities of a number of Bulgarian cities, among them Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas and Stara Zagora, have approved resolutions recognising the Armenian genocide but over the years, similar resolutions in Parliament have failed.
This was the case on January 11, as the National Assembly – Bulgaria’s unicameral legislature – resumed business for the New Year.
Volen Siderov, leader of Ataka, a party whose platform includes an overall anti-Turkish stance against the background of the centuries of Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, said that it was natural for a "patriotic party" such as his to recognise the Armenian genocide.
"To hide certain aspects of history because they are not good for you as a country is, to me, demagoguery," Siderov said.
He said that Ataka’s resolution was not an attempt to politicise the issue or to tread into the field of natural history, but was a proposal based on reason, the necessity to recognise unpleasant moments in history.
The Movement for Rights and Freedoms, a minority party led and supported in the main by Bulgarians of Turkish ethnicity, objected strongly to Parliament being asked to deal with the issue.
It was not the function of Parliament to decide historical truth, senior MRF MP Lyutvi Mestan said. The draft resolution was intended to force a mandatory way of thinking, he said.
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