Netherlands set to recognise Armenian genocide

The Dutch parliament is expected to recognise the mass killing of ethnic Armenians by Turks early last century as genocide.

A junior Dutch coalition partner – the conservative Christian Union (CU) party – will present two motions to the assembly on Thursday, one requesting parliament speak about the genocide in no uncertain terms, and the other to send a representative to Armenia on April 24 to commemorate the event, the Times of Israel reported.

Turkey denies accusations of genocide, saying hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Turks died in clashes after ethnic Armenians living on Turkish territory sided with Russia in World War I.

Armenians are seeking international recognition for the 1915-1917 killings as genocide, saying Turkish atrocities, including forced marches, left some 1.5 million of their people dead.