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  • Hovik
    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.

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    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.)

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    What's wrong with Turkey?

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    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.

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  • Hovik
    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.

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  • Hovik
    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.

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  • Hovik
    started a topic International Genocide Recognition

    International Genocide Recognition


    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