ArmInfo.The Commission on Foreign Relations and European Integration of the Armenian Parliament unanimously approved the draft statement on "Genocide actions against Yezidis on the territories of Iraq controlled by terrorist groups."
As the deputy from the ruling Republican Party and the Yezidi community of Armenia, Rustam Mahmudyan stated during the commission meeting, the genocidal actions against the Yezidis of Iraq can not be qualified otherwise than as a crime against humanity. RPA MP Shirak Torosyan said that the issue was submitted for discussion with a significant delay, and that the text of the statement should indicate the number of victims and victims of the actions of militants.
Secretary of the parliamentary faction Tsarukyan Vahe Enfiazjyan noted that the actions that were committed against the Yezidis are, beyond any doubt. a genocide, and this fact must be recognized.
Meanwhile, RPA deputy Artashes Geghamyan said that the adoption of such a statement is somewhat risky, as it puts, in Geghamian's opinion, into questioning the existence of statehood in Iraq. "Armenia and Iraq are linked by long-standing friendly relations, and the authorities of this country have always positively treated the representatives of the Armenian community," the deputy said, suggesting adding a provision on the support of friendly Iraq by Armenia. The MP also noted that such issues should not simply appeal to the international community, but to the UN Security Council. In addition, Geghamyan suggested replacing the phrase "genocidal actions" with the term "genocide" in the text of the statement.
The head of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, RPA Vice-President Armen Ashotyan, responding to Geghamyan, said that this issue was repeatedly discussed with experts-genocide experts and specialists in international law who stated that the term "genocide" can only be used in If this crime was carried out by a certain state in relation to one or another nationality. "Since ISIS is a terrorist organization, it's rather difficult to evaluate its actions against the Yezidi people from the point of view of international law. We de jure and de facto condemn this crime," explained Ashotyan, nevertheless, having agreed to the introduction of some changes in the text of the statement. The Yezidi community of Armenia earlier raised the issue of the need to recognize the "Yezidi genocide" by the parliament of Armenia, not only in Iraq, but also in Ottoman Turkey in the early 20th century. However, the Armenian parliamentarians considered that in order to recognize the "Yezidi genocide" in Ottoman Turkey, there were not enough facts, and decided to wait for recognition of the "genocide" in Iraq, which caused a backlash from the Yezidi community. Nevertheless, RA President Serzh Sargsyan raised the issue of the massacre of the Yezidis in Iraq from the UN tribune and stressed the need for their international protection.