Gallipoli Battle Anniversary: Turkey’s Aim Is To Confuse Internation


22:08 * 23.04.15

In an interview with, in response to a question as to whether
he can make Turkey abandon its policy of denying the Armenian Genocide,
Daniel Feierstein, President of the International Association of
Genocide Scholars (IAGS), pointed out the need for spare no efforts
and continue struggle.

He welcomed the Pope’s remarks about the Armenian Genocide.

The developments are now following the right course. However, Turkey
should follow Germany’s example and admit the Armenian Genocide.

Sufficient evidence of the Armenian Genocide is available, and much
has to be done for all states to recognize the fact.

A Turkish ambassador visits countries that have mot recognized the
Armenian Genocide and warns of possible deterioration of relations if
they recognize the Armenian Genocide. US President Barack Obama is
well aware of the truth, but the question is whether he will accept
it or not, Mr Feierstein said.

Although all the states are well aware of the need to struggle against
genocide, recognition involves politics.

Mr Feierstein also hopes for Armenian-Turkish reconciliation.

As regards Turkish blockade of the borders, he agrees that this is
not a problem of the 21st century.

Although every country has a right to close its borders, they should
follow the way to Europe without borders.

Speaking of the events commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli Turkey
scheduled for April 24, Mr Feierstein said that Turkey’s aim is to
misrepresent the Armenian Genocide as part of that battle.

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Over 15,000 Syrian Armenians fleeing the war in their country have been
welcomed by the Armenian authorities who have given them citizenship
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Many who could not make it in the biggest Armenian cities have settled
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conditions and the threat of a looming war.

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"Centenary Of The Armenian Genocide; Anatole France" Stamped Cancell


18:36, 23 Apr 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Today, on April 23rd 2015, within the framework of the forum “Against
the Crime of Genocide”, HayPost has officially cancelled and put
into circulation a postage stamp dedicated to the “Centenary of the
Armenian Genocide; Anatole France”.

The president of the General Council of the state Hauts-de-Seine,
member of the Parliament Patrick Devedjian, leader of France-Armenia
deputy friendship group Francois Roshblua, President of the National
Assembly of RA Galust Sahakyan and HayPost Trust Management BV
Managing Director Juan Pablo Gechidjian participated in the ceremony
of cancellation of the Anatole France postage stamp.

Anatole France (1890-1945) was an outstanding French writer,
academician and a Nobel Prize winner as well as the founder
and publisher of “Pro Armenia” journal in Paris. He has shown
a bigcontribution and humanitarian help to the survivors of the
Armenian Genocide.

Armenian Journalists Appealed To Putin

Politics – 23 April 2015, 20:53

Leaders of the independent Armenian newspaper Third Force Plus (“TFP”),
illegally closed by the efforts of the Russian FSS (Federal Security
Service) and their representatives in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh,
addressed an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Copies of
the appeal of Armenian journalists are given the Presidents of Armenia
and Nagorno-Karabakh, chairman of the parliament and government of
the two Armenian states, UN, OSCE and EU, all embassies in Yerevan,
human rights and journalistic organizations, the media in different
countries. It states:

“Dear Mr. President!

This is the fourth year that the legal authorities of the Russian
Federation violate the rights of the international staff of our
newspaper, refusing to investigate the theft of its funding from
the FSS Lieutenant Colonel Vadim Pozdyshev officially presented
us as a member of the Federation Council. As a result of the crime
committed by the Russian official, the newspaper, promotes only the
idea of friendship and cooperation of different nations, was forced
to suspend its activities.

In 2010 the FSS opened a criminal case against V. Pozdyshev for this
crime, and in 2011 he was dismissed from the government service. This
fact is confirmed by numerous testimonies not only from relatives and
a representative from the FSS authorities, but also of the offender
(the newspaper can provide you with a copy of their written messages).

Crime against “TFP” was proved repeatedly and in documentary form.

Preserved even written acknowledgment of Pozdyshev that he was
dismissed from the public service for this theft. In other words,
the FSS itself was assured of the fraudulent actions of V. Pozdyshev,
“punished” him for the robbery of journalists and even forbade him
from travelling abroad, at least until 2015. But return money honestly
earned by an international staff of the newspaper, it’s not, to put
it mildly, in a hurry.

We notified about this egregiously criminal act the director of FSS
A.V. Bortnikov, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Y.Y.

Chaika, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian
Federation A.I.Bastrykin, asking them to help in the restoration of
an elementary rule of law in this matter and return the publication
collective funds misappropriated FSS officer. But all Russian law
enforcers, frankly covering criminal, do not make the simplest
procedures prescribed by law, even the most backward countries in
the world. Silent also the Russian Embassy in Armenia. Visibility of
some investigation attempted to create only the Interior Ministry, but
after three months of serious deliberation decided to refer the matter
to the Federal Security Service, citing his “special importance”.

Representatives of the Russian Themis, in flagrant violation of the
law, even afraid to question us as witnesses, as well aware of the
validity of claims of Armenian journalists. As we are told colleagues
from the Russian Federation, the cause of all these iniquities one:
if the offender – the FSS, he will not be prosecuted in Russia.

We also inform you that on September 29 and on October 5, 2012
Presidential Plenipotentiary, the Russian government and the party
“United Russia” informed us in written that our appeal to the
consideration by the FSS. The Russian government has instructed the
FSS to the staff of the newspaper, quote, “substantiated response on
the merits of the raised issues” contained in our circulation, and
“send a copy to the Government of the Russian Federation”. Moreover,
your press secretary Dmitry Peskov assistants, who introduced Julia
and Veronica, told us that the treatment of journalists “lying on his
desk” (audio recording of a conversation with them also saved). But
the situation has not changed…

Dear Mr. President! On Your arrival to Armenia on the occasion of
the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide we were going to go on
hunger strike in protest against the arbitrariness of Russian officials
in the attitude of the team edition. However, the reluctance to
overshadow the visit of the President of the Russian Federation and be
misconstrued the public and colleagues from the media, we have decided
to postpone the protest until your response to this appeal. We believe
that the President of the Russian Federation, has repeatedly spoken in
favor of strengthening the Armenian-Russian relations, will respond
to the call of journalists seems to be a friendly country and take
action to recover the most-most elementary laws. Fair investigation
of this case under the law – our only desire. If the edition of the
newspaper is wrong in its demands, we are ready to make a public
apology to the public of the two countries and even suffer for it
corresponding responsibility. If it rights as we demand return our
funds stolen by Russian officials. Emphasize again: for the theft,
he was dismissed from the civil service in the Russian Federation.

Mr. President! As the management of the Russian Embassy in Armenia
systematically demonstrates the “problem” with vision and hearing and
apparently blocking our letters to the authorities of the Russian
Federation, we are sending copies of this appeal and the embassies
of other countries in Yerevan with a request to submit it to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation through the
Russian embassy in their country. The Russian Ambassador to Armenia Mr.

Volinkin did not leave a choice.

We ask you to reply to the letter in accordance with the order of
consideration of citizens.


Editor-in-chief of “Third Force Plus”


Executive Director of “TFP”

Tel. 097-31-03-67; 077-15-65-15

April 18, 2015

Canada PM Issues Message To Armenian Community


20:52, 23.04.2015
Region:World News, Armenia, Turkey
Theme: Politics

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper issued a message to the
Armenian community on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

“On this day we remember the terrible loss of life during the demise
of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, and in particular the horrific suffering
endured by the Armenian people one hundred years ago.

Both the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons have adopted
resolutions referring to these events as genocide.

This is a day we acknowledge solemnly, not to cast blame back into
the distant past, but to guide us towards a better future. It reminds
us all why we must remain committed to ensuring that today’s world
is one where respect for human rights and democratic freedom prevails.

Today, Canadians of Armenian and Turkish origin live together, sharing
our values of tolerance and openness. In this spirit, we encourage
Armenia and Turkey to resume discussion of normalization protocols,
to seek a path towards reconciliation including an open border,
the establishment of diplomatic relations and the implementation
of a dialogue on the events of 1915. On this day of remembrance, we
praise individuals in both countries who are courageously examining
the historical record to seek to achieve a common understanding with
honesty and in a spirit of goodwill.

Now one hundred years later, I join all Canadians, especially those
of Armenian descent, in remembering the past and in sharing hope for
a future based on peace and mutual respect.

French MEP: Above All, We Ask Turkey To Recognize Armenian Genocide


21:26, 23.04.2015
Region:World News, Armenia, Turkey
Theme: Politics

Socialists and Democrats political group of the European Parliament
condemns all occurrences of crimes against humanity and genocide and
strongly deplores any attempts to deny them, the French MEP Sylvie
Guillaume told Armenian News

According to her, the European Parliament resolution came to a very key
moment. “Its message is clear: not only encouraging Turkish authorities
to use the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian genocide as
an opportunity for Turkey to continue its efforts to come to terms with
its past and prepare for reconciliation with Armenia, but above all,
we ask Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide,” the French MEP said.

On April 15 the European Parliament adopted by a majority vote a
resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide and calling on Turkey to
pave the way for reconciliation with Armenia.

Bloomberg: Turkey’s Denials Have Left The Country Increasingly Isola


15:47 23/04/2015 >> SOCIETY

Below we present an article by Bloomberg, titled Genocide Debate
Haunts Turkey 100 Years After Armenia.”

Like Turkey’s government, Abdullah won’t bring himself to say the
actions of his great grandfather a century ago amounted to genocide.

The 21-year-old Ankara student’s ancestor was among those who played
a prominent role in the deportation that led to the killing of as
many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as the Ottoman Empire crumbled
during World War I. The centenary of the slaughter is being marked
amid unprecedented international recognition that what happened was
an act of genocide, to the fury of the authorities in Ankara who
dispute the death toll.

“What happened was ethnic engineering,” said Abdullah, whose family
name was withheld in case of reprisals. “Still, I don’t think my great
grandfather made a mistake, he obeyed orders to relocate Armenians
who rebelled against the state.”

As world leaders gather in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Friday,
Turkey’s denials have left the country increasingly isolated. Pope
Francis and the European Parliament called on the government in Ankara
last week to recognize the genocide, while Germany, Turkey’s largest
trading partner in the European Union, is due to adopt the term for
the first time on Friday.

Nektar Alatuzyan, 101, is among a dwindling group of survivors in
Armenia. When Turks ordered the expulsion of residents of her village,
her parents joined a band of Armenians who fought back for 53 days
from Musa Dagh mountain in what became a legendary tale of resistance.

Putin, Kardashian

“Our house was full of weapons to defend ourselves,” said Alatuzyan,
now almost blind and hard of hearing. “My father was a hero of seven

They escaped with their lives when a French ship on the Mediterranean
coast rescued survivors of the revolt. Alatuzyan went on to have
five children, 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and eight

“The perpetrators of the genocide failed to achieve what they
planned,” Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan told a forum in Yerevan
on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President
Francois Hollande, whose countries both recognize the slaughter
as genocide, will be among more than 60 delegations at Friday’s

U.S. reality-TV star Kim Kardashian added to Turkey’s troubles when
she stirred up global publicity about the genocide during a visit
to Armenia, her family’s ancestral homeland, with her rapper husband
Kanye West this month.

George Clooney brought Hollywood glitter to Armenian billionaire Ruben
Vardanyan’s New York launch of the “100 Lives” project celebrating
survivors in March.

Obama Pledge

Though he made a 2008 pre-election pledge to recognize the “Armenian
genocide,” U.S. President Barack Obama is unlikely to use the term in
his statement on the centenary, preferring not to alienate Turkey. The
country hosts a U.S. air base at Incirlik and is a key defense ally
in the Middle East.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will lead a presidential delegation in
Yerevan and the U.S. will “urge a full, frank, and just acknowledgment
of the facts,” according to a White House statement on Tuesday.

The genocide dispute is at the core of tensions between Armenia
and Turkey, who have no diplomatic ties and face each other across
a closed border. Turkey argues that, while atrocities took place,
they were the consequence of war after some Armenians joined Russian
troops fighting the Ottomans.

Gallipoli Clash

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan changed the date of a ceremony
to mark the 1915 Gallipoli campaign to clash with the one in Yerevan,
leading to a diplomatic tug-of-war with Armenia over attendance at
the respective events. The British royal family and Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbott will be present for the Gallipoli memorial.

Turkey “can never accept such a sin, such guilt,” Erdogan said last
week in reference to the genocide.

Some analysts say a tentative reassessment of the Turkish role has
begun, however, pointing out that Erdogan offered Turkey’s first-ever
condolences last year to descendants of Armenians killed in 1915.

“We remember with respect the innocent Ottoman Armenians who lost
their lives and offer our deep condolences to their descendants,”
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a statement on Monday,
while declaring that “reducing everything to one word” is “morally
and legally problematic.”

Growing international recognition of the genocide is increasing
pressure on Turkey “to more sincerely face its past,” Richard
Giragosian, director of the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan,
said by e-mail.

The Bandit

Abdullah said his relative, known as “Ali the bandit,” murdered
an Armenian dignitary on the orders of Halet Bey, a member of the
Ottoman parliament.

Pressure for change must come from the bottom up, according to Diana
Yayloyan, an Armenian activist also studying in Ankara. Like Abdullah,
she has also sought to challenge her upbringing in a conservative
family that was driven from Turkey in 1915.

“In Armenia, we think that all Turks know the truth of genocide and
they reject it,” said Yayloyan. “The problem is that the people in
Turkey don’t know anything about it.”

All sides “need to uncover the past and learn from each other,”
she said. “Then the politicians will follow.”

EAFJD welcomes Austrian recognition of Armenian Genocide

For Justice and Democracy
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Bruxelles, 1000

Tel./Fax : +32 (0) 2 732 70 26 / 27
E-mail : [email protected]

Brussels, 22 April, 2015: The Austrian Parliament adopted a declaration
recognizing the Armenian Genocide, acknowledging the responsibility of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire, at the time an ally of Ottoman Empire, calling on
Turkey to reconcile with the dark pages of its past. The declaration was
adopted unanimously by all political factions in the Parliament, before
adopting it, the deputies held a moment of silence in memory of the 1.5
million innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide.

The declaration states that it is Austria’s obligation to recognize the
terrible events as genocide and condemn them. It also states, that it is
the duty of Turkey “to honestly face its dark and painful chapter of
the past, and the crimes committed during the Ottoman Empire against the
Armenians to recognize as genocide.”

The statement on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, also pays homage
to Assyrians, Arameans, Chaldeans, Greeks, victims of the total
annihilation of minorities perpetrated by Turkey.

Garo Chadoian, chairman of the Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and
Democracy (Hay Tad Austria) thanked the Armenian community of Austria, and
the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, for the persistent and coordinated
efforts over the past years, which resulted in this joint declaration
today, and praised the Austrian political parties for their courageous and
responsible stance on recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Kaspar Karampetian, President of the European Armenian Federation for
Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) said: “we congratulate the Austrian –
Armenian community for their tireless work, and welcome this historic
recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Austria. It isi historic in the
sense, that Austria, acknowledging its responsibility for the past
regarding Austro-Hungarian Empire’s alliance with the Ottoman Turkey, could
serve as a noble example for Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and
come to terms with its past”.

“Armenian Diaspora’s activism, the Pope’s message, the European
Parliament’s resolutions on the Armenian Genocide have all contributed to
this declaration by the Austrian Parliament”. We very much hope, that
Germany as well, will shift its stance on the Armenian Question and
officially recognize the Armenian Genocide”, concluded Karampetian.


Speaker Of Hellenic Parliament: Together We Can Protect Future Gener


12:26 23/04/2015 >> SOCIETY

Together we can win in the fight against the genocide, and we can
protect the future generations, Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
Zoi Konstantopoulou said at the International Social and Political
Global Forum against the Crime of Genocide.

She expressed her solidarity in the fight for the recognition of the
Armenian Genocide.

“The Hellenic Parliament has expressed its gratitude to the Parliament
of Armenia for recognizing the genocide of Pontic Greeks,” Zoi
Konstantopoulou said.

A L’ancien Musee De Peinture De Grenoble, Une Exposition Retrace Le


Nous sommes l’avenir, c’est le titre de l’exposition realisee par la
Maison de la Culture Armenienne du Dauphine. Elle lève le voile sur
un aspect meconnu de ce drame et retrace le destin de 200.000 femmes
et enfants, rescapes du genocide armenien,

Ce sont des Oublies de l’Histoire, les rescapes du genocide armenien,
dont on commemore le 100ème anniversaire….Ils n’ont pas pour
autant echappe a la souffrance. Ils furent près de 200.000, femmes
et enfants, abandonnes, disperses a travers tout le Proche-Orient,
enleves par des familles turques, kurdes ou bedouines, decidees a les
“assimiler” ou tout simplement a les utiliser comme des esclaves.

Dès 1918, les survivants armeniens, epaules parfois par des
associations occidentales sont partis a leur recherche. Ils en ont
retrouves, parfois meme rachetes…près de 120.000. Bon nombre d’entre
eux ont ete recueillis dans des orphelinats du Dauphine.

Reportage de Jean-Christophe Pain & Aurelie Massait-Salamanca

“Nous sommes l’avenir” Intervenant : Antoine Bedrossian, Commissaire
de l’exposition ” Nous sommes l’Avenir”

L’exposition “Nous sommes l’Avenir” est visible jusqu’au 3 mai.

jeudi 23 avril 2015, Stephane (c)