Anne Brasseur: I could not use the term ‘genocide’ since it is not CoE’s official position

Anne Brasseur: I could not use the term ‘genocide’ since it is not CoE’s official position
15:28 24 Aprel 2015
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[ 24 April 2015 16:11 ]

Strasbourg. Fuad Gulubeyli – APA. PACE President Anne Brasseur on Friday met with journalists permanently accredited in the Council of Europe to report about the outcomes of the PACE spring session.

As for the establishment of a Subcommittee at the Monitoring Committee on conflicts in the CoE countries, Mrs. Brasseur stressed the importance of creating such a committee.

 

“Every committee has the right to make an independent decision. Regretfully, I will not comment on such issues as the PACE president. All I can say is that our assembly is largely in need of such a subcommittee. Because there are so many conflicts in CoE countries,” she said.

 

Mrs. Brasseur spoke of the commemorative events on the 100th centenary of the “Armenian genocide” during the PACE session but said the term “genocide” was not uttered at the CoE. “Of course, I could not use the term “genocide” since it is not an official position of the Council of Europe,” she added.

 

As regards with the declaration signed by PACE deputies on the issue, Mrs. Brasseur said the document is the decision of the assembly and is only the position of the deputies who signed it.

 

“I hope after the commemoration and elections in Turkey and some time later, the sides will come together and build their future in peace and tranquility,” she stressed.


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