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MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) —— Acknowledgement of genocide of Armenians is a process that cannot be stopped, Vladimir Zakharov, the director of the Institute of Political and Social Studies of the Black Sea - Caspian Region, told on Wednesday a roundtable conference devoted to the approval by the French Senate of a bill making denial of the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of Armenians criminally punishable.
“This event goes beyond France’s problems,” the expert said. “Acknowledgement of genocide of Armenians is a process that cannot be stopped,” he said. Zakharov is of the opinion that this is a political tendency. He said “it takes time for other governments to acknowledge genocide, but this will surely happen.”
Meanwhile Andrei Areshev, expert of the Center for Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes “the situation with acknowledgement of genocide will stabilize in a few months.” He believes that “relations with France and with the Western world are very important to Turkey, and measures Turkish politicians discuss now, going so far as to downgrade the status of diplomatic relations and no flights for French planes via Turkish airspace target first of all domestic audience.” “If Turkey is going to play by Western rules, Turkish politicians will respect the norms and legal frameworks existing in the West,” Areshev said.
The experts also suggested setting up a museum of genocide in Moscow. Ayk Demoyan, the director of the museum and institute of genocide of Armenians, said “not only genocide of Armenians but also all crimes against humanity must be represented; then the idea will be complete.”
The Senate of France, on January 23, passes by a majority vote the bill outlawing denial of the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of Armenians in 1915. In January 2001 France acknowledged the fact of genocide of Armenians by Turkey. Genocide was acknowledged also by the Council of Europe (resolution of 2001), the European Parliament (resolution of 2000) and by some countries, including Russia (by the April 14, 1995 resolution of the State Duma).