Federation of Armenian Organisations in The Netherlands FAON
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Contact: M. Hakhverdian

Press Release

States Provincial of Overijssel (The Netherlands) recognises the Armenian

The Hague, 3 July 2014 * The States Provicial of Dutch province of
Overijssel (The Provincial Parliament of Overijssel) adopted at the meeting
of 2 July 2014 a motion which calls against the way in which Turkish
organisations on 1 June 2014, have protested against the presence of an
Armenian Genocide memorial on private property of the Armenian church in
Almelo. During the rally insulting, threatening and hurtful statements were
made against Armenians, whereby the Genocide has been grossly denied. The
motion submitted by Christian Union (CU), the Reformed Political Party
(SGP), Party for Freedom (PVV) and Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) refers
to the period of 1915-1918 when about 1.5 million people (Armenians,
Assyrians and Pontic Greeks) were brutally slaughtered in the former Ottoman

The motion dissociates itself from the protest rally of genocide deniers and
expresses the recognition of the Armenian Genocide with reference to the
motion of the Dutch Parliament in 2004. The States Provincial (the
Provincial Parliament) makes also a signal to the Armenian community that it
has the right to a dignified memorial place.

In connection with the statements during the Turkish demonstration on 1 June
2014, the Joint Armenian Organisations (FAON and Hay Tad) have filed a
complaint last week.

From: A. Papazian