CHAIRMAN OF ARMENIAN COMMUNITY OF SLOVAKIA PROPOSES TURKISH AMBASSADOR PUBLICLY EXPRESSING HIS POSITION ABOUT RESOLUTION ON GENOCIDE ADOPTED BY SLOVAKIAN PARLIAMENT

Noyan Tapan News Agency, Armenia
Nov 30 2006

BRATISLAVA, NOVEMBER 30, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. On November 30,
it is two years since the adoption of the resolution condemning the
Armenian Genocide by the Slovakian parliament. In honor of adoption of
this resolution the Nig-Aparan compatriotic union of Armenia donated a
khachkar (cross-stone) to Bratislava. The Embassy of Turkey in Slovakia
by the instruction of Turkish Foreign Ministry applied to the town
authorities of Bratislava with the demand to dismantle the khachkar.

Ashot Grigorian, Chairman of Armenian community in Slovakia, applied
to the Ambassador of Turkey to Slovakia with a proposal to publicly
express his position about this decision of the Slovakian parliament.

A.Grigorian's letter to the Turkish Ambassador, in particular, read:
"Your Excellency, we know that the Turkish Foreign Ministry demands
dismantling the memorial to the Genocide of 1915 placed in 2005 as a
token of Armenian people's gratitude for adoption of the resolution
condemning the Armenian Genocide by the Slovakian parliament in 2004.

As you are well-aware, on November 30, 2004, the Slovakian parliament
made a decision by which it not only confirmed the fact of the
Armenian Genocide, but also conditioned Turkey's membership to EU by
this country's confirming the fact of the Genocide, lifting Armenia's
blockade and other factors.

Your Excellency, we propose you publicly expressing your position
about this decision of the Slovakian parliament and say that we
are ready to freely discuss this issue with you in Slovakian media:
we are ready to discuss not the issue of the Genocide itself, during
which 1.5 mln Armenians living in Western Armenia were killed on their
native land, but the decision adopted by the Slovakian parliament.

We believe with whole our soul that not only all progressive countries
of the world, but also the country accused of organizing the Genocide
and pretending on membership to association of European democratic
countries, EU, will join this decision."