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Slovakian Parliament Recognises Armenian Genocide - 2 December 2004


Introduced by the Christian Democratic Party, the parliament of Slovakia unanimously passed yesterday the Armenian Genocide resolution.

According to the approved resolution, the National Assembly of Slovakia recognizes and condemns the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, whose victims were 'hundreds of thousands' of Armenians, as a crime against humanity.

In order to recognize the genocide, the Slovakian parliament in Bratislava had to overcome a strong counteraction of the Foreign Ministry.

The Armenian Genocide and Turkey's accession to the European Union were the key issues on the agenda of the Slovakia parliament. Some of the Slovakian cabinet members have noted that Turkey is the place where recognition of the Armenian Genocide should take place.

The Slovak Republic is a landlocked nation-state in Central Europe and is bordered by the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and Austria.

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