The resolution was introduced by the Ataka party, described by "Sofia Echo" news as "a party whose platform includes an overall anti-Turkish stance". Volen Siderov, leader of Ataka, against the background of the centuries of Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, said that it was natural for a "patriotic party" such as his to recognise the Armenian genocide, as reported by Echo.
"To hide certain aspects of history because they are not good for you as a country is, to me, demagoguery," Siderov said.
Several Bulgarian cities have passed recognition resolutions, however this is not the first time the National Assembly has thwarted such efforts.
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