BRUSSELS (Arka/Armenpress) — The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted to adopt a Resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide at a session on July 23. An overwhelming majority of deputies, (124 out of 132) voted in favor of the measure, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) reports.
Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian welcomed the approval by the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.
In his statement, Nalbandian said that the Belgian Senate had passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide 17 years ago and last month Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed the government’s stance on the matter in his address to the parliament.
Nalbandian said that the passage of the resolution by the Chamber of Representatives completed the process by Belgium.
Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Benoit Hellings of the Green Party stated on Wednesday during a discussion over a resolution on the Armenian Genocide, that Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were exterminated just for being Armenian, and that state denial of the Genocide is a part of Turkish history, from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, to current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Armenian Genocide resolution, authored by Peter De Roover (New Flemish Alliance), Sarah Claerhout (Christian Democratic Flemish Party), and Denis Ducarme (Reform), was the eighth agenda item during the plenary session held on Wednesday.