The Dutch parliament passed a resolution this week recognising the mass killings of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians by the Ottoman Empire during World War One as genocide.
The resolution, tabled by Dutch Member of Parliament Joel Voordewind, was supported by a wide range of parties, stated Greek Reporter.
“This is an important signal from the Dutch Parliament to the Turkish government to acknowledge its past actions,” said Mr Voordewind. “I hope in the end this will bring both countries to a better understanding and reconciliation with each other.”
The resolution comes just days before Pope Francis described the killings as genocide, at a mass conducted in the Armenian Catholic rite at Peter's Basilica, provoking anger from Turkey.
See our earlier post: Turkey outrage at Pope Francis' use of genocide word on Armenia (12 Apr 2015)