Portugal officially recognizes Armenian genocide

The lawmakers in Portugal overwhelmingly recognized the genocide committed by the Ottoman authorities against the Armenians at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Armenian newspaper "Aspariz" pointed out that the lawmakers in Portugal have voted overwhelmingly to recognize the genocide committed against the Armenians, saying the "systematic genocide by the Ottoman authorities against the Armenian minority in its territory is regarded by the international community as the first genocide of the 20th century."

The resolution, supported by all the political forces represented in the Portuguese Parliament, is a memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide.

"This anniversary should be a lesson for our time because considering the current level of nationalism, xenophobia and intolerance all over the world, it is necessary to remember the tragedies of the past through the culture of memory," the resolution noted.

And it confirmed that the Parliament was committed to supporting the human rights and stressed the importance of promoting dialogue among peoples, religions, cultures and civilizations.

The resolution also states that "in the years following the First World War, between 800,000 and 1.5 million people were estimated to have been killed as a result of the genocide."

At the beginning in 1914, the Ottoman authorities carried out systematic massacres against the Armenians and Christians in Turkey, and displaced those who remained to the Syrian desert. The current Turkish authorities, the grandchild of the Ottomans, refuse to recognize these massacres, which all agree that it was systematic and led to the dispersion of Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Assyrians in the Middle East.



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