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URUGUAY PARLIAMENT DEMANDS THAT TURKEY ENDS ARMENIAN BLOCKADE AND ESTABLISHES DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

MONTEVIDEO, OCTOBER 26, ARMENPRESS: The parliament of Uruguay has passed a resolution today demanding that Turkey ends the blockade of Armenia and begins the process of establishing diplomatic relations with it.

Turkish ambassador to Uruguay had recently asked the parliament of Uruguay to support and participate in an international commission of experts and historians that would decide whether the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Turkey constituted genocide. The parliament first agreed but later backpedaled after Armenian ambassador to Uruguay Ara Ayvazian asked for a meeting with parliament members to convey and explain the official position of Armenia which does not question the fact of the genocide.

Today the parliamentarians met again to adopt the resolution. Uruguay was the first nation to officially recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide. The resolution was hailed by an Armenian member of the parliament, Lilian Keshishian. Next week she is expected in Yerevan to attend ceremonies here celebrating the 15-th anniversary of Armenia’s post-Soviet parliament.

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