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British Government Explicitly Denies The Armenian Genocide in Response to E-petition

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    British Government Explicitly Denies The Armenian Genocide in Response to E-petition

    Armenian News Network / Groong
    December 9, 2007

    By Kevork Oskanian


    The following is the official response by the government of the United
    Kingdom to a petition urging it to recognise the Armenian Genocide of
    1915, as posted on 7 december 2007 at :

    "The British Government acknowledges and regrets the terrible events
    that afflicted the Ottoman Armenian population at the beginning of the
    last century, when over a million ethnic Armenian citizens of the
    Ottoman Empire were killed. Many were massacred; some were victims of
    civil strife, starvation and disease, which ravaged the whole population
    of Eastern Anatolia during the First World War.

    The massacres were an appalling tragedy, which the British Government of
    the day condemned. We fully endorse that view. However, neither this
    Government nor previous British Governments have judged that the
    evidence is sufficiently unequivocal to persuade us that these events
    should be categorised as genocide as defined by the 1948 UN Convention
    on Genocide, a convention which is, in any event, not retrospective in

    The British Government believes that the focus should be on ensuring a
    progressive approach; to improve the chances for reconciliation between
    Armenian and Turkish people and to achieve a peaceful and secure future
    for everyone living in the region. To this end we encourage the
    Governments of Armenia and Turkey to improve co-operation, economic
    development and understanding between their countries.

    In preparing for EU accession, Turkey must demonstrate its commitment to
    good neighbourly relations and must have undertaken to resolve
    outstanding border disputes. The advancement of accession negotiations
    will be guided by progress made in these, and other areas."

    The Petition:

    What if I find someone else when looking for you? My soul shivers as the idea invades my mind.

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    Re: British Government Explicitly Denies The Armenian Genocide in Response to E-petit

    You also said that Britain would like Turkey to join the EU in another post?