Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Dutch parliament recognises the ‘1915 Armenian Genocide’


The Netherlands Parliament has officially recognised the 1915 Armenian Genocide, triggering a word-war between Dutch and Turks.

The resolution presented in the Dutch parliament to recognise the genocide has received huge support among the lawmakers. Less than three parliamentarians have opposed the resolution tabled in the lawmaking house.

The Dutch parliament’s move is likely to widen the rift generated between Turkey and Netherlands.

Turkey denies Armenians’ claim that the death of 1.5 million Armenians during the World War One due to the policies of Ottoman Turks is in fact a cruel genocide.

Hours after the Dutch Parliament’s move, Turkey has condemned the action. Anyway, the Dutch government, most probably to mitigate the tension between it and Turks, has asserted that the government would not follow the judgement made by its lawmaking body.

Netherlands is not the first country which has passed such a controversial legislation. Prior to this, several countries such as France, Russian and Germany have officially recognised the genocide.

The developments clearly portray the decreasing influence of Turkey over the European countries.

Since the failed coup, the Turkish government has been aggressively following an autocratic way of administration, mired in human right violations. Importantly, the government has paid no serious attention to the plea, made by the European countries, which request the Arab autocratic regime to avoid the unjust practices.

For that reason, for last few months, the European power houses have showing less interest in engaging with the Arab country and more interest in taking those policies which hurt the Turks’ religious and political sentiments and economy.

How deep this rift can become?


Vignesh. S. G

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Dutch parliament recognises the ‘1915 Armenian Genocide’