Source: Agencia de Noticias Prensa Armenia (Armenian Press News Agency) / The Dawn / October 30, 2015.- The Senate of the Republic of Paraguay unanimously approved today an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish State a century ago.
‘The Chamber of Senators of Paraguay recognizes the genocide of the Armenian people in the period between 1915 and 1923, perpetrated by the Turkish-Ottoman Empire, in the year in which the centenary of this crime against humanity is commemorated’, reads Article 1 of the statement made by the Democratic Progressive Party at the request of the Armenian National Council.
The bill was introduced by Senator Desiree Masi, to the accompaniment of senators Pedro Santa Cruz, Víctor Bogado, Arnoldo Wiens, Eduardo Petta San Martin, Carlos Amarilla, Miguel Abdón Saguier, Arnaldo Giuzzio, Roberto Acevedo and Sixto Pereira, representatives of all parliamentary blocs.
“With this unanimous recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Paraguay adds to most South American countries, that have already recognized it” said Alfonso Tabakian, regional director of the Armenian National Committee of South America on the news. “The efforts of the Turkish and Azerbaijani diplomacy to prevent this resolution were fruitless”
The Armenian Genocide, still denied by Turkey and Azerbaijan, has already been recognized by Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela; 43 states in the United States; the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the World Council of Churches, the Human Rights Association of Turkey, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, the Mercosur and the International Association of Genocide Experts, among others.
This year, in which the100th anniversary of the genocide is commemorated, there was a flurry of awards from national conferences, as well as a reaffirmation from the Vatican during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in April.