ArmInfo.The resolution adopted by the Syrian People's Council on the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire is a significant contribution to the restoration of historical justice. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
<The genocide unleashed by the Young Turks government, a significant part of which was committed on the territory of Syria, which was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire at that time, is part of the common historical memory of the Armenian and Syrian peoples. The Syrian people, who witnessed the genocide of the Armenian people, were one of the first to lend a helping hand to the victims of the genocide. Thousands of genocide survivors regained their homeland in Syria, and having formed one of the most prosperous Armenian communities, they contributed to the development of Syria.
This resolution is a vivid proof of centuries-old friendship and mutual sympathy between the Armenian and Syrian peoples. It is a significant contribution to the restoration of historical justice and the prevention of genocides. Today, when the people of Syria are going through difficult trials, we express our solidarity and support in overcoming the existing challenges>, the republic's Foreign Ministry notes. The Assembly of Armenians of Europe (AAE) also made a statement regarding the resolution of the Syrian parliament. <After Lebanon, Syria became the second state in the Arab world to recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide at the parliament level. The moment is not far off when they will consistently recognize and condemn the Genocide and other states of the Arab world, because, first of all, they see and feel the Turkish aggressive, genocidal policy towards all those countries and peoples that at one time suffered under the yoke of cruel The Ottoman Empire, and today are exposed to the threat of Turkey's expansion policies.
Turkey, with its policy of denial, not only moves away from the duties of a country that respects and fulfills the universal human values, but also becomes one of the few states that protect and carry out crimes and genocides in the world. The Turkish army has long dreamed of destroying the Syrian republic and occupying most of its territory. Before it's too late, it is necessary to stop this process>, AAE emphasizes. It should be noted that on February 13, the Syrian parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Thus, the Syrian parliament joined the more than 30 parliaments of the world that adopted resolutions on the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.
The fact of the genocide of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire, whose victims in 1915 were up to 1.5 million ethnic Armenians, is recognized by many states. Uruguay was the first to do it in 1965, followed by France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Vatican, Bolivia , Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg. The European Parliament and the World Council of Churches also recognized the Armenian Genocide.