DUTCH PARLIAMENT PASSED RESOLUTION CONCERNING RECOGNITION BY TURKEY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
On 21 December 2004, the Dutch Parliament adopted unanimously a motion concerning the recognition by Turkey of the Armenian Genocide. In the motion the Dutch Government is asked:
" to bring up the recognition of the Armenian Genocide continuously and expressly in the dialogue with Turkey ".
This motion was introduced by the Chairman of Christian Union faction Mr. Rouvoet and was supported by all other political parties in the Parliament.
The motion was introduced during the debate on the outcome of the European Summit of last Friday in connection with the start of accession negotiations with Turkey. In that debate nearly all factions asked the Dutch Government about the absence of the Armenian Genocide issue in the Presidency conclusions. This in spite of commitment by among others, France, the European Parliament and also by Dutch Foreign Minister Bot himself. Mr. Bot ensured the Dutch Parliament that the Armenian question has always been brought up at the meetings with the Turkish colleagues.