PARLIAMENT OF BULGARIA REFUSES RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
May 11 2006

SOFIA, MAY 11, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The Parliament of
Bulgaria refused on May 10 the resolution of one of extremist parties
which called on to recognize the Armenian Genocide. As Radio Liberty
informs quoting the "Francepress" agency, 81 deputies of the 170 ones
participated in the sitting of the 240-seats parliament of Bulgaria
voted "against", 56 deputies voted "for", and 33 deputies remained
neutral. The Nationalist ATAKA party called on the Parliament to state
April 24 "the day of memory of the Armenian Genocide victims in Ottaman
Turkey." But the resolution was refused by the coalition created by
socialists making the majority in the Parliament, representatives of
which insisted that in the case of adopting the resolution, relations
with Turkey will be strained as well as straining will be created
in the coalitional government formed by three parties of Bulgaria
(one of which Turk minority's party is).