15:32, 24 Apr 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, has passed
a draft statement on Friday in connection with the 100th anniversary
of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, TASS reports.

The document submitted by the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs,
Eurasian Integration and Ties with Compatriots expresses "deep sympathy
to fraternal Armenia in connection with the centenary of the Armenian
Genocide and also to other peoples who suffered during the tragic
events of the First World War." "Complex historical issues need to
be resolved by peaceful means, including by diplomatic efforts - for
the sake of establishing lasting peace and security on the planet,"
it says.

The State Duma believes that the "Eurasian continent can and
should become an example of good-neighborly relations and equitable
cooperation, a space of peace and creative endeavor." "Multifaceted
activities in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union, the
Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization are aimed at achieving this goal," the draft resolution
says, noting that these organizations "were designed to ensure
sustainable development, prosperity of our peoples and the triumph
of humanistic ideals."

The document adds that the lawmakers are guided by "the principles
of equity and support the striving of all people for preserving the
historical memory.".