The Belgium Senate Justice Commission yesterday withdrew a bill proposing fines and jail terms for people who deny the so-called Armenian genocide allegations. The Armenian lobby was shocked by the decision. ‘We finally decided to withdraw the proposal because we need to consider the issue more seriously,” Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is reported to have said. The bill is now expected to be retuned to the Federal Assembly, which previously approved it and sent it to the Senate.
Justice Minister Laurette Onkelix remarked that since a political institution should not evaluate historical events, the Senate has decided to leave the issue to the historians of both the Turkish and Armenian sides.