The activities aimed at getting the Armenian Genocide internationally recognized and condemned must be intensified as the centennial of the Armenian Genocide is approaching, according to expert in Turkic studies Ruben Safrastyan.
In this context, he points out the need for transition from the process of international recognition to consideration of the problem of the Armenian Genocide within legal framework.
“The slogan ‘Demand and Condemn’ must be translated into reality. International lawyers need to be involved and a group formed for consideration of the Armenian Genocide problem at the International Court of Justice,” Mr Safrastyan told Armenpress.
“We must be able to make our demand as urgent as possible in the context of international law. Research work needs to be intensified with involvement of leading international experts. In this respect, we have much to do. We are dealing with Turkey, a state making huge investment in its struggle to deny [the Armenian Genocide]. But we are right, and we must succeed.”
As regards international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Mr Safrastyan noted that the bills adopted by the Greek and Bolivian Parliaments are the result of tremendous work by the Armenian Diaspora and Armenian diplomats.
As regards Armenian-Turkish relations, the expert said:
“Turkey has not changed its policy for decades: setting preconditions and forcing Armenia to change its diplomatic course.”