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    YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 22. ARMINFO. The Jewish religious community
    recognizes the Armenian Genocide, Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger
    said at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan today.

    He said that despite the position of the Israeli authorities the
    Israeli religious community acknowledges the fact of the Armenian
    Genocide and mourns for its innocent victims together with the
    Armenian people.

    Metzger laid flowers to the memorial and sang a Jewish prayer. Then he
    visited the Armenian Genocide Museum and left a note in the guests'

    Metzger is visiting Armenia on the invitation of the president
    of the World Armenian Congress Ara Abrahamyan who believes that
    Armenian-Israeli relations need intensification especially in the

  • #2
    President Kocharian's Statement In Slovenia Important For Turkey

    By Hakob Chakrian

    AZG Armenian Daily #215

    Rabbi Metzger's Visit to Genocide Memorial a Step Toward Genocide

    At a press conference that followed his meeting with Slovene President
    Janez Drnovsek in Ljubljana on 22 November, President Robert Kocharian
    stated that Armenia never spoke against Turkey's membership to the EU.

    The same day Yona Metzger, Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Yuri Stern,
    Knesset delegate and chairman of Armenian-Israeli Parliamentary Group,
    visited the Memorial of Armenian Genocide Victims in Yerevan and
    laid wreaths on behalf of the Chief Rabbi, Israeli parliament and
    All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress.

    Though President Kocharian's Slovenian visit has nothing to do with
    Rabbi's visit to the Memorial, the President's statement and Rabbi
    Metzger's public recognition of the Armenian Genocide directly
    concern Turkey. Thus, it was not surprising when the Turkish mass
    media responded to these events.

    In particular, CNN-Turk quoted Rabbi Metzger as saying: "Jewish
    community defines the massacre of the Armenians in 1915 as genocide."

    In view of the Israeli government's reluctance to recognize the
    Armenian Genocide, Metzger's visit to the Genocide Memorial,
    his statement about calling things by their names and ultimate
    recognition of the fast of the Genocide are a great event and not only
    for Armenia. Not less important, this time for Turkey, was President
    Kocharian's statement made in Ljubljana.

    Olli Rehn, EU Enlargement Commissioner, questioned whether accession
    talks with Turkey should keep going. CNN-Turk informs that Commissioner
    Rehn having in view charges that famous novelist Orhan Pamuk, publisher
    Fatih Tas, editor of Agos newspaper Hrant Dink and journalist Burak
    Begdil face pointed emphasized the importance to remove barriers on
    the way of freedom of speech in Turkey. Meanwhile he warned Ankara
    that otherwise they will freeze accession talks.

    It's hard to say whether freedom of speech will ever triumph in
    Turkey. But one thing is clear: the EU goes for Turkey's European
    integration because of the geopolitical role that the latter
    plays. Contrary to the countries of Eastern Europe with their American
    orientation, Turkey opens before EU doors to Middle East and secures
    its penetration to the South Caucasus. The New Neighborhood policy was
    most likely launched bearing in mind Turkey's accession. Armenia as
    being participant of this policy could not reject Turkey's accession
    as that would mean rejection of the New Neighborhood project.


    • #3
      Chief Of Greek Land Armed Forces Staff Commemorates Victims Of Armenian Genocide


      Nov 29 2005

      YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 29, ARMENPRESS: Lieutenant-General Nikolaos Duvasi,
      the chief of staff of Greek land forces, who is heading a military
      delegation that has arrived today here on a three-day official visit,
      laid today a wreath to the Genocide Monument in Yerevan to commemorate
      1.5 million Armenians killed by the government of the Ottoman Turkey
      between 1915-1923.

      Nikolaos Duvasi and members of the Greek delegation also visited a
      nearby Genocide Museum that has a rich collection of documents and
      materials proving that the mass slaughter of Armenians was planned
      and executed by the Ottoman government.

      "In my mind I went back to the history of my homeland and I can see
      a great similarity in our both nations' history and our historical
      path. It was a great honor for me to visit the Memorial and the
      Museum,' the General wrote in a special book. He also referred to
      the mass killings of Pontos Greeks and Assyrians in the same years,
      committed by the Turkish government.

      "We must remember those days because that way we can have belief and
      have hope in new future. Armenians and Greeks went through fire and
      have built a strong bridge of cooperation and brotherly relations,"
      the General told Armenian journalists.


      • #4
        The First Genocide: It Was Committed Against Armenians


        Newsday, NY
        Dec. 10, 2005

        Armenian communities, which include significant numbers in the New
        York metro area, have long been anguished over Turkey's refusal to
        admit its role in the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the waning days
        of the Ottoman Empire. At long last, Armenians should take some grim
        satisfaction at reports of an increasing willingness among Turks to
        acknowledge what their government has steadfastly denied: Ottoman
        Turks committed the first documented genocide in human history.

        As Turkey adopts democratic reforms to bolster its application
        for membership in the European Union, its government is allowing
        open discussions about the genocide for the first time, including a
        conference in Istanbul organized by a group of historians and other

        The term "genocide" - systematic massacres aimed at wiping out an
        entire ethnic group - was first used after the Armenian atrocities,
        precursors of the 20th Century's worst nightmares. Such was the stigma
        attached to genocide after the Holocaust in Nazi Germany that Turkish
        leaders suppressed any move to acknowledge the Armenian massacres.

        That may change now, not least because Turkey wants to be included
        in the EU, a considerable economic advantage. Its EU application
        may be held up if Turkey doesn't acknowledge its responsibility in
        that genocide, as Germany has for the Holocaust and Japan for its
        atrocities in the Pacific during World War II. It's time for Turkey
        to let the light in.


        • #5
          What's wrong with Turkey?


          • #6
            Anca Welcomes Speaker's Decision To Schedule Vote On Cambodian Genocide Resolution


            Noyan Tapan
            Armenians Today
            Dec 14 2005

            National Committee of America (ANCA) welcomed on December 13 Speaker
            Dennis Hastert's decision to schedule a vote this week on the Cambodian
            Genocide Resolution, H.Con.Res.238, a measure honoring the victims
            of this crime and welcoming the establishment of an international
            criminal tribunal to bring to justice its perpetrators.

            "We join with our friends in the Cambodian American community in
            welcoming Speaker Hastert's decision to bring legislation on the
            Cambodian Genocide to a vote on the House floor," said Aram Hamparian,
            Executive Director of the ANCA. "We welcome the timely adoption of this
            important measure in support of a just resolution of this horrific
            crime, and in this same spirit, once again call on the Speaker to
            bring Armenian Genocide legislation to the House floor at the first

            Speaker Hastert has, in the past twelve months, scheduled House floor
            votes on five separate pieces of legislation dealing with specific
            instances of genocide in Cambodia, Darfur, Ukraine, Bosnia, and the
            Holocaust. In the last Congress, the U.S. House adopted legislation
            recognizing the Rwandan Genocide. The Speaker has not, however,
            agreed to allow a vote on legislation recognizing the Armenian
            Genocide, despite the fact that these measures, collectively, enjoy
            the backing of over 170 cosponsors and were overwhelmingly adopted
            by the International Relations Committee.

            Listed below are the genocide-related resolutions that Speaker Hastert
            has scheduled for votes on the floor of the U.S. House within the
            past year:

            Cambodian Genocide: On December 14, 2005, the U.S. House is scheduled
            to vote on the Cambodian Genocide Resolution, H.Con.Res.238, a measure
            welcoming efforts to secure a just resolution of this crime against
            humanity. (At the time of its adoption, this measure will have 34

            Darfur Genocide: On July 11, 2005, the U.S. House adopted a resolution,
            H.Res.333, regarding the genocide currently taking place in the Darfur
            region of Sudan. (At the time of its adoption, this measure had 26
            cosponsors.) The ANCA supports the adoption of a stronger measure,
            the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, H.R.3127, which is currently
            under consideration at the Committee level.

            Holocaust: On January 25, 2005, the U.S. House adopted a resolution,
            H.Res.39, urging educators to teach the lessons of the Holocaust
            in order to prevent future genocides. (At the time of its adoption,
            this measure had 78 cosponsors.)

            Ukrainian Genocide: On November 16, 2005, the U.S. House adopted a
            resolution, H.R.562, recognizing the Ukrainian Famine Genocide and
            authorizing for the creation of a monument honoring its victims. (At
            the time of its adoption, this measure had 36 cosponsors.)

            Bosnian Genocide: On June 27, 2005, the U.S. House adopted
            a resolution, H.Res.199, regarding the genocide in Bosnia and
            Herzogovina from 1992 to 1995. (At the time of its adoption, this
            measure had 39 cosponsors.)


            • #7
              Lithuanian Seimas Recognized Armenian Genocide


              Pan Armenian
              16.12.2005 18:57 GMT+04:00

              /PanARMENIAN.Net/ December 15 the Lithuanian Seimas with majority
              of votes adopted the resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide in
              Ottoman Turkey in 1915. The Lithuanian parliamentarians qualified
              the carnage of the Armenian people as genocide and called upon the
              Turkish leadership to acknowledge the historical fact. To note,
              the Armenian Genocide has been recognized by 15 states including
              Russia, France, Canada as well as over 30 U.S. states. The voting
              took place at 18:18 (Moscow time). 55 out of 141 participated in the
              discussion. The document was adopted with 48 votes "for", 0 "against"
              and 3 abstentions, reported IA Regnum.


              • #8
                France Considers Opportunity To Review Law On Armenian Genocide


                Pan Armenian
                09.01.2006 19:41 GMT+04:00

                /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Debate has started in France over a number of laws
                touching the history, including those censuring crimes against humanity
                and making denial of historical facts a penal action. As reported by
                CNN-Turk TV Channel, there is an opportunity to pass new legal acts
                that will in fact deny the laws adopted earlier that censured the
                Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey early past century and Jewish
                Holocaust in World War II.

                Specifically, according to French Parliamentary Speaker Jean-Louis
                Debre, a special commission is formed to eliminate the connection
                between legal acts and historical events. Earlier a group of 19
                historian scholars proposed withdrawing the article condemning the
                Armenian Genocide in Turkey from legislation. They consider that
                "articles of the law in question limit scientific discussion."

                French President Jacques Chirac has also presented his viewpoint on
                the occasion. In his words, France has to transform its legislation
                to promote creation of a positive image of the colonial past of the
                country in the text-books." It should be noted that in 2001 the French
                Parliament adopted a law qualifying the events in Turkey in 1915 as
                a Genocide of Armenians. The French Parliament also passed another
                law, which qualified the transatlantic slave-trade as a crime against
                humanity, reported IA Regnum.


                • #9
                  2005 Was Important For International Recognition Of Armenian Genocide


                  Pan Armenian
                  10.01.2006 22:13 GMT+04:00

                  /PanARMENIAN.Net/ In 2005 Lithuania, Holland, Venezuela and Poland
                  joined the countries, which recognized the Armenian Genocide, Armenian
                  FM Vartan Oskanian stated at today's news conference on the results
                  of the MFA activities in 2005. In his words, Russian State Duma again
                  reaffirmed the resolution on recognition of the Armenian Genocide
                  adopted earlier.

                  Argentinean Senate passed two statements denouncing the Armenian
                  Genocide, German Bundestag adopted a special resolution on the events
                  in 1915 and Germany's involvement in these. US State of Kansas also
                  passed a respective decision. According to the Armenian FM, the problem
                  of the Armenian Genocide being withdrawn from the topics "banned"
                  in Turkey was a direct consequence of the process of international
                  recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2005. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip
                  Erdogan proposed forming a commission of historians at a Turkish
                  Parliament session past year, while a conference scientists recognizing
                  the Armenian Genocide was organized at Bilgi University in Turkey.

                  In V. Oskanian's words, the need to properly acknowledge the Armenian
                  Genocide is becoming more specified in the course of Turkey's accession
                  to the EU as a demand "to put up with own history." The provision
                  was mentioned in the European Parliament Report on Turkey's Progress
                  dated 28 September 2005. The Armenian FM remarked the 90th anniversary
                  of the Armenian Genocide was marked at the international level in
                  2005. V. Oskanian highlighted the scientific conference Ultimate
                  Crime, Ultimate Challenge: Human Rights and Genocide in Yerevan in
                  April. Scholars, experts and political scientists from 20 countries,
                  including Turkey, took part in it.


                  • #10
                    Armenia And Germany: 90 Years After Genocide Conference Held In Germany


                    Pan Armenian
                    11.01.2006 21:32 GMT+04:00

                    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ A scientific conference titled Armenia and Germany:
                    90 Years after Genocide was held in Wittenberg German city at the
                    turn of 2005.

                    The event started with a funeral prayer in an Armenian church in

                    Martin Luter University professor, director of the Mesrop Center for
                    Armenian Studies Hermann Goltz made an opening speech. Stages of
                    creation and development of resolutions on the Armenian Genocide,
                    introduced before the Bundestag April 21 and June 16, as well as
                    expected developments were discussed during the conference. Bundestag
                    Deputy representing the Christian-Democratic and Social Democratic
                    Parties Christoph Bergner, Green party Deputy Marialuis Bek, Second
                    Secretary of the Armenian Embassy in Germany Victor Biagov and others
                    delivered speeches. Hermann Goltz made a report on activities of
                    Johannes Lepsius favorable for Armenians. Hermann Goltz simultaneously
                    acquainted those present with documented details of the Armenian