The Latvian Parliament (Saeima) has officially recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide by majority vote of 58 of 100, informs Tigran Mkrtchyan, Armenia’s outgoing Ambassador to Latvia.
“Latvia has finally officially recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide. 58 out of 100 members of the Saeima voted in favor of the resolution. What was difficult to imagine years before today has become a reality. This is a result of the hard work of the past years, where the intensive political contacts, the parliamentary diplomacy, the cultural diplomacy have played a key role”, said the Ambassador.
“The resolution respects the memory of all the victims of the Armenian Genocide, pays tribute to all the survivors, affirms that open discussions on historical issues are inextricably linked to the development of a healthy, mature democracy,” said Mkrtchyan.
“I bow before all political forces and lawmakers of the Latvian Parliament who have voted in favor of giving a solution to this very important issue for the Armenian people in Latvia. A statement about the Armenian Genocide committed under the era of the Ottoman Empire”, he added.