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Resolution | 18th annual General Assembly | Paris, France | 21-24 June 2011

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RESOLUTION “On the Genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire against Christians peoples: Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians”

We, the participants to the 18th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.), held in Paris, June 21 – 24 2011,

– expressing our solidarity to all those who struggle for the acknowledgment and condemnation of the Genocide against Christians by the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century – early 20th century,

– condemning the fact that until present, Turkey refuses to recognize the Genocide perpetrated against the indigenous Christians of the Ottoman Empire – Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians, as well as all acts of destruction of their historic-cultural heritage,

– stressing that the Genocide is a heinous crime against humanity and ought to be condemned regardless of runtime and state political interests,

– realizing that all civilized nations have both the moral and historical duty to acknowledge and condemn Genocide in all its forms and call upon the modern state of Turkey to acknowledge responsibility, as best guarantee for averting similar crimes in the future,

– we call Turkey, in the context of the efforts it has already been making for a course towards democracy and transparency, to revisit historic reality and examine these aspects of historic past thoroughly and critically.

We call upon all member-states of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) and the international community to condemn the Genocide against the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians perpetrated during the Ottoman Empire, and call upon Turkey to realize and accept liability in the name of restoring historic justice.