Spain rejects Armenian claims over 1915 events ANADOLU AGENCY
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Spain's upper parliament has rejected a bill to recognize Armenian claims regarding the 1915 events.
The Senate of Spain on Wednesday dismissed the proposal tabled by Entesa - a political group active in the Catalonian region - with 130 votes against and 14 in favor, along with 68 abstentions.
Speaking during the voting session, ruling People's Party MP Jose Maria Chiquillo said: "We as the parliament cannot put ourselves in the position of historians or a court."
The People's Party was the only national political party that voted against, while the main opposition Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, Catalonian nationalist coalition Convergence and Union, Canarian Coalition, Asturias Forum and Navarrese People's Union abstained.
"Genocide is not a simple word," Chiquillo said. "It is a historical and legal issue."
Meanwhile, Turkey's Ambassador in Madrid, Omer Onhon, said Wednesday that it was important for Spain to adopt an "unbiased approach" to the issue.
Spain rejects Armenian claims over 1915 events - Daily Sabah