The Hague, 11 June 2019 – Almost unanimously the Dutch Parliament today passed a motion, expressing disgust at Turkish President Erdogan's recent speech regarding the Armenian Genocide. The Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON) appreciates this clear and consistant pronouncement by Dutch Parliament. The FAON had urged the Parliament to take action in response to these unacceptable remarks.
The motion by Christian Union MP Mr. Joel Voordewind, in which the Parliament also requests the government to renounce Erdogan's words and transmit this point of view to the government of Turkey, was supported by almost all members of the Parliament, except the 3 members of the Denk Faction. After the voting Mr. Voordewind asked the Cabinet inform the Parliament how the motion will be implemented.
Foreign minister Blok had not advised against the motion and left it to the judgement of the Parliament.
In a speech on 24 April, the remenbrance day of Armenian Genocide, Erdogan had spoken about "Armenian gangs who massacred Muslim people" and the relocation of the Armenians as a "reasonable action".
During the Dutch Parliament's debate on Turkey (on 15 May 2019), several factions had already urged the Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok to condemn Erdogan's inadmissible denial practices.
See further detailed Press Release by FAON on 20 May 2019 and Press Release by FAON on 6 June 2019