On 5th of May, Basque Member of the Spanish Senate Urko Aiartza and Basque Member of the Spanish Congress Rafael Larreina visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex to pay their tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. They laid flowers at the memorial and visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
In an interview with “Armenpress” Rafael Larreina has particularly mentioned: “The recognition of the Armenian Genocide is very important. It’s a pity that it’s taking too long. I believe all people and countries supporting justice must recognize the Armenian Genocide, like the Parliament of the Basque Country has done. This is why we wanted to visit the memorial complex to publicly declare our recognition, pay tribute, declare that we share the pain and call on countries not having recognized the Armenian Genocide to do so because this is a matter of humanitarianism and democracy, as well as solidarity between people.
As representatives of the Basques, we will raise this issue at all levels of our activity. Of course, we’ll work with Spanish organizations and institutions so that the government recognizes the Armenian Genocide and shares the pain and joins the European countries having recognized it. A couple of weeks ago, our efforts made the Parliament’s foreign affairs committee honor the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide with a moment of silence, but we want to receive a consent to hold a plenary session devoted to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide”.