10/02/2021

Dutch parliament to consider draft resolution on Thursday recognizing the Armenian, Syriac–Assyrian, and Pontic Greek genocides

THE HAGUE — The European Syriac Union called on the Dutch Christian Union party to include the Syriac–Assyrian people in a draft resolution submitted several days ago to the Dutch Parliament which would recognize that the massacres committed against Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915 amounted to genocide.

The Sayfo Genocide of 1915 was committed by the Ottomans against the Syriac people and occurred parallel to the genocides of Armenians and Pontic Greeks. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians, more than 300,000 Pontic Greeks, and upwards of 300,000 of the regions estimated 700,000 Syriacs (Assyrians-Chaldeans-Arameans) were massacred during the Ottoman genocides against Christian peoples. More than 200,000 were forcefully displaced or deported south.

The European Syriac Union sent a letter to the Christian Union calling on it to include the Sayfo and the Pontic genocides in the bill, which is set to be submitted to the Tweede Kamer, the second house of Dutch Parliament, on Thursday.

Dutch MP for the Christian Union Joël Voordewind published on his official page that the Christian Union will include the Syriac–Assyrian and Greek peoples in the draft resolution.

According to sources in the Netherlands, opposition parties are expected to vote in favor of passing the resolution.

The European Syriac Union thanked the Christian Union, a member of the ruling coalition in the Netherlands, for amending the draft resolution and urged all Dutch Parliamentarians to vote in favor of its adoption.