ArmInfo.Yerevan and Ankara reacted to the recognition of the fact of the Armenian Genocide by Latvia.
Thus, the statement released by the Armenian Foreign Ministry notes that Yerevan welcomes the adoption by the Latvian Saeima of the resolution on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Foreign Ministry expressed the conviction that this is another step towards universal recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.
"The resolution is important not only from the point of view of restoring historical justice and truth, but also from the point of view of preventing such crimes in the future. The universal recognition of the Armenian Genocide is the most important guarantee of the security of the Armenian people in the region. We share the position of the Latvian Parliament that the recognition of such crimes is designed to build such a future, in which human rights are respected, and each person can feel free and safe, "the RA MFA assured.
Meanwhile, the adoption of the relevant document by the Latvian legislature angered Ankara. The Turkish Foreign Ministry assured that the decision of the Latvian parliament to recognize the events of 1915 as genocide is "an attempt to rewrite history for political reasons, an illegal initiative that has no legal basis."
"We reject and strongly condemn this unfortunate and illegal decision. This attempt contradicts the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights of 1948, 2013 and 2015, which openly expressed the controversial nature of the events of 1915, as well as the requirements of the Convention on the Prevention of the Crime of Genocide and its Punishment. We call on the Latvian parliament to abandon this "wrong" step, instead of serving the agenda of some circles that are trying to create hostility out of history, "the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
It should be reminded that on May 6 the Latvian parliament recognized the Armenian Genocide. 58 out of 100 lawmakers of the Saeima voted for the resolution. The Saeima called on the international community to assess the events of 1915 in the name of future where human rights and, above all, the right to life will be respected.