EU High representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini (R) welcomes Armenia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian before a meeting in Brussels on February 21, 2018. / AFP / POOL / OLIVIER HOSLET
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The Dutch Parliament Thursday passed a motion recognizing as genocide the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, although the government said it would not become official policy of the Netherlands.Relations between the two countries, both NATO members, went into a freeze last year when the Netherlands deported a Turkish minister who had come to campaign among the Dutch Turkish minority for a constitutional referendum.A second motion passed Thursday calls for a high-level Dutch government official to attend Armenia's formal genocide remembrance day on April 24 .For some years, the Dutch government has taken a nuanced position, speaking of the "question of the Armenian genocide," with Kaag reiterating Thursday that that would remain the case.
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