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| Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 4:58 pm Post subject: [E] EU Parliament Stopped Armenian Genocide Photo Exhibition
|PRESS RELEASE | FAAE | May 9, 2003
FAAE HOPES THE RECENT REFUSAL ON THE PHOTO EXHIBITION ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO BE REVIEWED BY THE EU PARLIAMENT ADMINISTRATION
Brussels, 9/05/03 - The Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe (FAAE) expresses its deep disappointment on the sudden refusal of the EU
Parliament to host the photo exhibition on Armenian genocide, a joint initiative of the Swedish MP Jonas Sjostedt and the FAAE member organization the Union of Armenian Associations in Sweden.
Furthermore, the FAAE is shocked by the argument of Mrs Banotti, Questor responsible for artistic and cultural questions of the EU Parliament, who declared not to be “in the position to authorize this exhibition, due to its controversial character”.
The FAAE would like to remind that the Armenian genocide was mentioned in many EU Parliament’s resolutions and adopted reports as an undeniable fact (Resolution of 1987, Resolution of November 2000 (A5-0297/2000), paragraph 10 of the Morillon report (2000) and paragraph 15 of Per Gahrton’s report (2002) and its qualification as “controversial” is more than surprising.
The FAAE could not believe that the decision taken by Mrs. Banotti reflects the viewpoint of the EU Parliament.
Therefore, taking into consideration the two previous resolutions of EU Parliament, the Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe hopes, that the above-mentioned decision will be reviewed by EU Parliament Administration.
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EU Parliament Stopped the Armenian Photo Exhibition - Jonas Sjosted, Member of EU Parliament - 2003-04-30 (Translation)
During week 22, between the 26th and the 30th of May 2003, Jonas Sjöstedt, Member of the European Parliament, had planned to arrange a photo-exhibition together with the Armenian National Union of Sweden in the European Parliament about the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire in the beginning of the 20th century.
Last week the European Union however decided not to give permission to show the exhibition because it was dealing with a too politically controversial subject.
- We are utterly disappointed that we have been refused permission to show this exhibition in the European Parliament. If it is claimed that the European Union regards the exhibition as too controversial because of pressure from Turkey it is even more shocking, Jonas Sjöstedt says in a comment.
Jonas Sjöstedt will go on with this issue and examine the reasons for not allowing the exhibition. He is however hoping that it is not political pressure that has caused the refusal of the exhibition.
-The European Parliament should really be a proper forum for free discussion and exchange of experiences. That is something that the European Union should support, not stop or restrict. The Armenian genocide is a historical fact. It is inconceivable that the European Parliament can regard an exhibition too controversial to be attended.