Emir Kir, Turkish MP of Belgian Parliament, also voted for the adoption of the resolution on acknowledging the Armenian Genocide, the Belgian newspaper Le Soir reports, referring to the resolution passed by the House of Representatives of the Belgian Parliament Thursday.
The resolution was adopted in response to the proposal introduced by Belgium PM Charles Michel, who acknowledged the Armenian Genocide on behalf of the Belgian government on June 18, the newspaper notes.
Emir Kir, MP and burgomaster of Sint-Joost-ten-Node district, drew attention to himself by being absent during the minute of silence commemorating the Armenian Genocide, this putting him on the firing line. Nevertheless, Kir was present in the parliament on Thursday and voted in favor of the resolution.
As reported earlier, the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium Parliament passed a resolution on acknowledging the Armenian Genocide Thursday. The motion passed by a vote of 124 for, none against, and 8 abstentions. Although the Belgian opposition criticized the document, finding it too weak and insufficiently unambiguous, they also voted in favor.