Italy parliament recognizes genocide against Armenians by Ottoman

The Italian parliament voted on Wednesday to recognize the genocide committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

The proposal received support from various parties and was passed after 382 deputies supported without any opposition, while 43 others from the opposition conservative Forza Italy party, which belongs to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi abstained from voting.

The result of the vote was met with applause by the members of the Council.

The Government, which had not taken a supporting or opposing stand towards the proposal, should follow up the Parliament's request to recognize the genocide, but it is not legally obliged to do so.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Italian ambassador in Ankara on Monday after Italian lawmakers submitted the proposal that calls for the recognition of the Ottoman massacres against the Armenians in 1915-1916 considering them as genocide.

On April 24, the Armenians, Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans commemorate the anniversary of the genocide massacres committed by the Ottoman authorities against the Christians in the lands of the empire before and after the First World War, which ended with the exodus of the Armenians, Syriacs, Assyrians, Chaldeans in the Middle East and making them dispersed and distributed minorities in many countries.

The Armenian genocide was the first genocide in the 20th century, preceded by the genocide committed by the Germans against the Jews during the Second World War, known as the Holocaust. The word genocide was formulated to describe these events. The International Association of Genocide Scholars called the Ottoman campaign launched by the Turks against Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire between 1914 and 1923 as genocide.

There are 20 governments, including France, Germany and Russia, officially classify the killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule as genocide.

There are also many international organizations that officially recognize the Armenian genocide: United Nations, European Parliament, EU Council, the World Council of Churches, the Human Rights Organization, the Turkish Human Rights Association, Mercosur, YMCA.



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