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THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT’S MOVE WORSENS DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

The Dutch parliament passed a motion recognising the massacre of Armenians in 1915 as genocide. The motion was passed with 142 votes, while only three votes of Turkish-founded Denk Party opposed it. Also, a motion for representation of the Netherlands at the ministerial level at the commemorative ceremonies in the Armenian capital Yerevan on April 24 was also accepted by the majority. However, the motion does not comply with the government’s protocol as recognition of genocide has to be taken based on international courts’ decisions and the United Nations’ scientific research and findings. The Dutch government comply with the UN Security Council’s Genocide Prevention Act. Because of this, the motion is not legally binding for the government. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the Dutch parliament’s motion describing it as baseless and having no legal binding or validity. The Ministry’s statement also referred to accusations to the Netherlands for its role during Srebrenica massacre.

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