Bulgaria’s Parliament rejects resolution on Armenian genocide

The latest attempt by Bulgarian ultra-nationalist party Ataka to ask the country’s Parliament to recognise the Armenian genocide was defeated in the House on January 11 2012.

Vehemently rejected as historically valid by Turkey, the “Armenian genocide” refers to events during conflicts from 1915 as the Ottoman empire neared its end.

The issue of the Armenian genocide has troubled Turkey’s bilateral relations with Armenia for several years. Where countries recently have formally recognised the Armenian genocide or moved towards doing so – lately including Sweden in 2010, a US congressional committee and in recent weeks, France – Ankara has responded with protests including severing or limiting diplomatic and economic ties.

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