20 September 2006

1029) Spain Withdraws Alleged Armenian Genocide Draft

It has been reported that a proposal on the alleged Armenian genocide submitted to the Spanish parliament by two deputies from the extreme nationalist Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) Party was withdrawn following efforts made by the Turkish Madrid Embassy to prevent its adoption.

The draft proposal, submitted to the Spanish parliament’s foreign affairs commission in June by Rosa M. Bonas and Joan Puigcercosi from the ERC, was withdrawn without parliamentary discussion. . . .

Following its submission, Turkey’s ambassador to Madrid, Volkan Vural, communicated with authorities from the Spanish foreign ministry and parliament, and sent letters to the MPs who put forward the proposal as well as to Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Josep Duran Lleida, in an effort to prevent its adoption.

Ambassador Vural stressed in the letters that the adoption of the proposal would be harmful to the bilateral relations between Turkey and Spain.

Ambassador Vural lastly met with Catalan Deputy Maria Bonas and convinced her to withdraw the proposal.

By Anadolu News Agency (aa), Madrid
September 20, 2006


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