The Hague, 10 October 2017 – The Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON) is on one hand disappointed that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is still not explicitly regulated in the coalition agreement, that is presented today.
On the other hand the FAON sees a significant step forward in the text on the recognition by the government of genocides in general. According to the opinion of previous governments, recognition of a genocide was reserved to the court.
This position has now been abandoned. FAON had emphatically called upon the new government to change this position, in its letter of March 2017 to the politician charged with the investigation of possible coalition. The FAON pleaded in the sense that the new government would “start with a clean slate” and “on the right side of history”, as far as the Armenian Genocide is concerned.
A suitable moment, and also high time to refrain from the painful and hated terminology “issue of genocide” used by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The FAON regrets that the text of the Coalition Agreement does not directly mention the intention for recognition of the Armenian Genocide with its special status.
The FAON would like to trust in a future in which the recognition of the Armenian Genocide will take place within the foreseeable future in the elaboration of the Coalition Agreement, and this will also be visible in practice.
Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON)