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zaman.com Published: (May) Tuesday 10, 2005
Armenians Apply to Belgium Senate
By Selcuk Gultasli, Vedat Denizli
An application has been submitted to the Belgium Senate to intensify a bill that foresees prison and financial penalties for those who deny the occurrence of the Armenian "genocide". The Armenian lobby that needs 15 signatures to reinforce the bill for the Senate review, applied to the Senate with 19 signatures on Monday, May 9.
The nineteen-signature application targets a bill to facilitate punishments against the "deniers". Since there is no international court decision that accepts the so-called Armenian "genocide", it is difficult for the Armenian draft to be put into practice. Therefore, the Armenian lobby expects the removal of this article from the draft.
The alteration offer containing the 19 signatures will primarily be addressed at the Justice Commission. They need nine votes for the confirmation of the alteration offer at the Commission where Turkish Fatma Pehlivan is a standby member. The Commission comprises of three Fleming Socialists, three Walloon Socialists, three Fleming Liberals, two Walloon Liberals, two Fleming Christian Democrats, one Walloon Christian Democrat, and two racist Fleming senators.
Anticipations indicate the Fleming and Walloon will say "no" to the alteration proposals of the socialists. They need the support of three more senators to disapprove the proposal. Expectedly, if the Commission decides in line with the demands of Armenian lobby, the Senate General Council will also confirm the draft.
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