An Armenian family company producing honey cakes in North Moravia, said today it plans multi-million investments in production and hirings owing to high demand. Gevorg Avetisyan, founded the company three years ago.
Czech parliament committee adopts Armenian Genocide centennial resolution
The Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution on Armenian Genocide centenary, the press service of Armenian Foreign Ministry reports.
Citing the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1948, the decisions of the parliaments and governments of the countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide as well as the decisions of the international organizations, the resolution condemns the denial of genocides.
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Czech President Says Ottoman Mass Killings Are Genocide
By RFE/RL's Armenian Service January 31, 2014
PRAGUE -- Czech President Milos Zeman says the mass killings of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey amounted to "genocide."
"Next year it will be 100 years since the genocide of the Armenian people in the year of 1915, when 1.5 million of Armenians died," Zeman said during Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's official visit to Prague on January 30.
The Czech Republic, a member of the European Union and NATO, is not among the 23 countries that formally recognize the mass killings as genocide.
Zeman took office last year.
EU powers and NATO members France and Germany are among those who have recognized it as "genocide."
NATO member Turkey, the modern-day successor of the Ottoman Empire, strongly rejects genocide accusations.
Armenia and Turkey have no diplomatic relations.
Turkish Embassy ‘Unhappy’ With Genocide Forum In Prague
The Turkish Embassy in the Czech Republic has complained to a local non-governmental organization about an international conference on genocides and the 1915 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire in particular.
The Prague-based Research Center for Archeology of Evil held the conference in the Czech capital on June 18-20 as part of a project designed to combat racism and xenophobia through raising public awareness of crimes against humanity.
Simon Krbec, head of the center, said Turkish Embassy officials invited him and his colleagues to a meeting the day after the conference finished its work. “We were asked why we chose, as they put it, a controversial issue such as the Armenian genocide for the conference,” he told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “They tried to explain that they are not happy with this content of the conference, especially considering the fact that from their point of view we did not invite some Turkish researchers to that conference.”
“We replied that we are not dividing historical research into some national or opposite sides, that we follow the mainstream of research on genocide studies in the world,” Krbec said. “We said that, for example, the International Association of Genocide Scholars recognized the Armenian genocide as genocide. So we don’t see a reason to invite some Turkish researchers.”
“They provided us with books about their version of what happened in the Ottoman Empire and they invited us to Istanbul to study their archives,” he added.
Successive Turkish governments have denied the deaths of some 1.5 million Armenians in a systematic government policy of extermination. They have said that Armenians died in smaller numbers and as a result of domestic strife in the crumbling Ottoman Empire.