Estonia’s Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna vowed to start the process of official recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Estonian Parliament. He said this at today’s meeting with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan in Yerevan after visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial.
“Estonians owe it to the Armenians to recognize the genocide against their people,” said FM Tsahkna, adding, “In today’s world, where there is an aggression against another country in Europe, and Russia is deporting Ukrainian children, we must not forget and neglect history and accept this kind of behavior.”
“It is important to continuously talk about crimes against humanity, genocides. Otherwise, everything will be repeated,” said Tsahkna.
“On a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, I emphasized that it’s Estonian dept to Armenia that we haven’t recognized genocide against Armenian people and I will start the process in Estonian parliament,” said Tsahkna in a post on X (Twitter).
They also discussed the issue of EU visa liberalization for Armenian citizens. Estonia’s FM expressed hope that visa liberalization will be achieved in 2024. He said that the discussion also focused on political cooperation, including the readiness to work on the steps for joining the EU.
He said, “This is difficult. We’ve worked on this for several decades, and here we are also ready to support, to train your staff, to support these processes in a practical arena.”
Estonia’s FM invited Armenia’s Prime Minister to visit Estonia.