Armenia Welcomes German President’s Statement On Armenian Genocide


11:32, 24 Apr 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Armenia has welcomed the statement of German President Joachim Gauck
on the occasion of the 100tha anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

“With this step Germany pays tribute to the memory of the innocent
victims of the Armenians killed in the Ottoman Empire under the cover
of the World War First,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian
said in a statement.

“President Gauck’s statement is important not only from the point
of view of recognition and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide,
but is also a contribution to the joint efforts of the international
community to prevent crimes against humanity.

In his speech at the Berlin Cathedral, Gauck said “Germany condemns
the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman
forces as a genocide,” adding that Germany bore partial blame for
the bloodletting.”

L’Autriche Indifferente Aux Critiques Et Menaces D’Ankara



Le ministre autrichien des affaires etrangères Sebastian Kurz a
rejete jeudi 23 avril les violentes critiques adressees a Vienne par
la Turquie après la declaration symbolique du Parlement autrichien
de reconnaître les deportations et massacres des Armeniens de
l’Empire ottoman comme un fait de genocide. Le gouvernement turc
avait rappele la veille son ambassadeur en Autriche peu après la
mesure parlementaire autrichienne. “Il faut savoir que la Turquie
et la nation turque n’oublieront pas cette atteinte et cette insulte
contre leur histoire” avait declare dans un communique le ministère
turc des affaires etrangères, ajoutant que la decision “affectera
de manière permanente l’amitie turco-autrichienne”. Ankara a aussi
deplore que ce texte ne mentionne pas les musulmans qui ont peri durant
cette epoque, et a denonce

Address Of Artsakh Republic President On Armenian Genocide Remembran


11:02, 24 Apr 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Dear compatriots,

Today the entire Armenian nation, all the Armenians in different
parts of the world commemorate the memory of 1,5 million innocent
victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Today bells are ringing in all Armenian churches throughout the world
notifying the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, each ringing
reviving our 100-year-old pain and sorrow.

The wounds of 1915 are still fresh in our national memory and cannot
be cicatrized as long as this villainous atrocity, committed against
the Armenian nation by the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the 20th
century in plain view of the world does not receive proper acclaim,
as long as this criminal policy continues nowadays, each time acquiring
new forms and names.

We appreciate very much and are grateful to all the peoples and states,
who lent their helping hand to our compatriots having miraculously
escaped from the Turkish scimitar, granting to tens of thousands
Armenian families and orphans shelter and opportunity to live. They
eventually became deserving citizens of those countries, substantially
contributing to the development of their second homelands. We are
grateful to all those who raised their voice against barbarians,
offering their humanitarian support, countenance and political aid
to our people, recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian people, being one of the oldest bearers of civilization,
have underwent many calamities throughout its millennia-old history,
suffered indescribable privations and faced countless challenges, but
never lost hope and faith, each time becoming even more steadfast,
stronger and wiser. Being subjected to Genocide and losing almost
everything the Armenians have preserved and protected their faith
and language, culture and national identity. This has helped us forge
glorious victories years later and restore the independent Armenian

Today Mother Armenia, free and resolute Artsakh, patriotic Diaspora
together, hand in hand carve their life path. This is the path of
the Armenian nation towards eternity, justice and victory.

Address Of Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian At Conclusion Of Global For


19:34 * 23.04.15

Below is a speech by Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian at the conclusion
of Global Forum ‘Against the Crime of Genocide’.

Honarable President of National Assembly,

Your Eminences,

Distinguished guests,

Disinguished participants of the Forum,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank all participants of the Forum and express
special gratitude to the moderators of all three panels of these
two days – Luis Moreno Ocampo, Geoffrey Robertson, Frank Chalk,
Patrick Devedjian, Nikolay Rizhkov, and to you – dear Baroness Cox,
as well as to those panelists, parliamentarians, spiritual leaders,
political scientists, experts who addressed the Forum. The variety,
depth and substance of the messages lift even the slightest doubt
that the fight of the international community against genocides and
crimes against humanity has no alternative.

During the last hundred years the horrible experiences of humanity,
the epochal shifts in international politics, novel perceptions of
human rights in global political processes reaffirm that prevention
of genocides should be one of the prime goals of the mankind. As
President Serge Sargsyan stated in his important opening address, this
is the reason why, in conjunction with the organization of the events
in Armenia commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide,
we also give a pivotal importance to our increased involvement to
the international efforts towards the prevention of genocides. That
is why one of the most important messages that we want to address to
the entire world is the imperative of genocide prevention as a noble
goal uniting the civilized world, past and present generations. It
should not be subjected to any political interests and should not be
marginalized, irespective of the political agendas of the time.

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his
yesterday’s remarks highly valued the contribution of Armenia to the
international prevention efforts and called on for the continuation
of those efforts.

It is a common knowledge that if we do not wish to allow the repetition
of genocides, we are obliged to identify those preconditions that
resulted in committing past genocides. A number of participants of the
forum thoroughly touched upon the reasons feeding that horrendous
crime. International reaction following the Armenian Genocide
contributed to the awareness raising amongst judicial and social
circles on the crime of crimes, or as William Schabas put it the
most extreme form of the crime against humanity – the genocide. In
this regard Daniel Feirstein revealed an interesting fact that the
Armenian Genocide lays in the foundational goals of the Association
of the Genocide Scholars.

I would like to once again recall, as it was mentioned during the
opening of the forum, that the May 24th, 1915 special declaration of
Russia, France and Great Britain characterized what had happened to
the Armenians as a “crime against humanity and civilization.” In 1919
the Ottoman Tribunal’s indictment held the leaders of the Young Turks
personally responsible for organizing the large-scale massacres of
the Armenians. In 1929 Winston Churchill characterized the Armenian
massacres as a “holocaust” and added that “this crime was planned
and executed for political reasons. The opportunity presented itself
for clearing these territories of a Christian race.” As one of the
participants of our forum – Donna Lee Frieze, presented in a detailed
manner, later on Rafael Lemkin invented the term “genocide” referring
to what happened to Armenians.

The Armenian Genocide was widely condemned by the international
community. That reaction equally resonated in the European states,
the USA and Russia, as well as in the Arab world. A number of
intellectuals, statesmen, public and religious activists drew attention
to the inadmissibility of what had been committed against Armenians,
urging the great powers to punish the masterminds of the Armenian
Genocide and create conditions conducive to the elimination of the
consequences of that calamity. The participants of our Forum Henry
Theriault and Patrick Dumberry addressed the legal aspects of this
issue. The international reaction testified that what had happened
to the Armenians was perceived not only as a grief of one nation,
but as a crime committed against humanity. As Yair Auron rightly
mentioned the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is not an issue
between Armenians and Turks, it is an issue for whole humanity.

However, the atrocities of the 20th century that followed the Armenian
genocide were not prevented. The reason for that and the main lesson
to be learned is that the international genocide prevention efforts
did not exert the necessary determination, consistence and solidarity,
and the relevant political and legal conclusions were not made.

Dear participants of the Forum,

On March 27 in Geneva the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus
the Genocide Prevention Resolution initiated by Armenia and co-authored
by 71 states. It occupies an important place within the context of the
joint prevention efforts of the international community. It defines the
primary measures for genocide prevention, which were reflected also
in the Armenia-initiated UN Human Rights Council Genocide Prevention
Resolutions of previous years.

The diagnosis of genocidal atmosphere and creation of effective
mechanisms of early warning must have their firm place on the agenda
of the international and regional organizations. Yesterday Professor
Israel Charny, Director of Jerusalem Institute of the Holocaust
delivered an impressive presentation on this topic. During the
last decade both the United Nations, and specialized Human Rights
organizations have made a considerable progress in improving early
warning and assessment capacities. The continuity of these achievements
should be guaranteed. At the same time it should be accompanied by
creation of concrete mechanisms of deterrence.

Unfortunately the violence executed by extremists in the Middle East,
the brutalities against civilian population which remind us of the
past horrors and the vandalism against millennia-old civilizational
values demonstrate that the international community still has much
to do in this regard. Here I would like to thank Frank Chalk for
comprehensively addressing these issues.

The next important dimension of the genocide prevention is the
improvement of the human rights protection mechanisms as well as
deepening of tolerance both inside societies and in relations among
different peoples. Strengthening of democracy, protection of the rights
of ethnic and religious minorities and their fair representation
are those firm pillars that if fortified and fostered may eliminate
the destructive intentions of even the most extremist groups and
ideologies. Consistency in countering xenophobia, discrimination,
dissemination of hostilities is indispensable to exclude the emergence
of genocidal atmosphere because the seeds of the evil of genocide
are fed by those gravely negative phenomena.

One of the important dimensions of prevention of genocides is raising
awareness through educational programs and remembrance. Remembrance
is important also in eliminating the consequences of the genocide,
Turkish intellectual Cengiz Aktar made an interesting presentation in
this regard. Here, I would like to extend a special gratitude to Madam
Esther Mujawayo, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide for her exclusive
address on the complications of psychological aspects in eliminating
the consequences of genocides. I remember her making a no less touching
address a year ago at the High Level meeting of the UN Human Rights
Council initiated by Armenia and dedicated to the genocide prevention.

When we speak about raising awareness of genocides we should clearly
realize that without the recognition, condemnation and elimination of
consequences of past genocides any steps would remain as half-done. In
this respect we can state with confidence that today one of the
challenges facing humanity is surmounting denial of genocides, about
which Michael Bohlander made a thorough speech. The strife against
this condemnable issue is as important as countering the creation
of the genocidal atmosphere, or as the efforts to prevent the mass
atrocities themselves. These issues were throughly touched upon by
Donald Bloxham. I would like once again to recall the wise words of
Pope Francis I during the Mass in St. Peter’s Cathedral on the occasion
of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide: “Concealing or denying
evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.”

Attempts of denial of genocide and crimes against humanity under the
guise of freedom of expression are equally condemnable. Nowadays,
the minimization of the suffering of the victims, trivialization of
the scale of the losses and equation of the sufferings of the victims
and the perpetrators are among the tools applied for denial. Recently
we have been often witnessing this new strategy of denial. As Roger
Smith correctly noted the tactics of denial are refined while the
arguments have remained the same.

Dear participants of the Forum,

One of the main elements of the UN Human Rights Council Genocide
Prevention resolution is the condemnation of denial of genocide
and crimes against humanity. Denial makes the incumbent authorities
accomplices to the crimes committed in the past. Denial is not opening
the door to reconciliation, it is opening the door to new crimes
against humanity. Yair Auron made valuable observations on this topic.

It is noteworthy that Rakip Zarakolu in his yesterday’s address
compared the policy of the Turkish Government to Janissary March –
one step forward, two steps back.

Dear participants of the Forum,

I am confident that the ideas and recommendations made during the
Forum will have an important contributaion to the international
efforts of the genocide prevention. I would like to extend special
thanks to His Holiness Garegin II and the clergy for their valuabe
participation to the Forum. I would like to express my gratitude to
the President of the National Assembly of Armenia Galust Sahakyan
and to all parliamentarians from around the world for their important
contributions to the work of the Forum.

Concluding my address, I would like to recall with gratitude very
important documents adopted in the course of the last month alone –
the Genocide Prevention Resolution of the UN Human Rights Council,
the European Parliament Resolution, the statement of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe and of course the statement of
Pope Francis. These important steps give confidence that in the
21st century the humanity will establish a more unified position
and will eventually be able to develop really effective mechanisms
of prevention of genocides based on the belief that the recognition,
condemnation of past genocides and the exclusion of denial are among
the guarantees for the harmonious progress of the world civilization.

We can already stress that during the discussions of Yerevan Global
Forum fresh ideas and constructive proposals have been made, which were
summarized in the Draft Declaration of the Global Forum. I believe
that it would be accepted as a guide for the implementation of the
truly global mission facing us, for the sake of unified determination
of preventing the crime of genocide.

Thank you!

The Psychology Of 100


NEWS | APRIL 23, 2015 1:26 PM

By Alin K. Gregorian

I have spent a lifetime hearing about the events of 1915 and I can
say that this is an anniversary whose commemoration I have both looked
forward to and dreaded.

It is the ultimate round number, giving us an opportunity for an
impressive commemoration as well as possibly marking the end of an
era of remembrance.

The coverage of the events, as well as the community-wide cooperation
among many Armenian groups, has been heartening. Many international
leaders, including Pope Francis, have stepped up and put the focus of
the world, not just the Armenian diaspora and the Republic of Armenia,
on the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Major publications, such as the Washington Post and New York Times,
have come out with more affirmative editorials than ever before on the
subject and the importance of its proper labeling and commemoration.

In this year of positive developments, even reality stars such as
the Kardashian family was able to bring dignity and recognition not
only to the Armenian Genocide, but the country of Armenia, as a fun
and vital destination. Of course, Armenia and our hard-won Artsakh
face danger every day and it is our duty to make sure that the Azeri
government does not weaken them by constant aggression and a blockade
that weakens its economy.

It is a sad commentary on our society that serious and worthy Genocide
scholars are not able to bring their message to a mass audience,
but a lowbrow program can.

It is also empowering that events commemorating the anniversary
of these horrific events are spread throughout the year, so that
post-April 24, the issue is not forgotten. For example, major
commemorative programs are scheduled to take place in Washington in
May, including a joint mass at the National Cathedral.

A century is a time span that gives us enough distance to have even
better perspective on the events. The mind-numbing acts of violence,
the sheer and enthusiastic brutality against those least capable of
defending themselves has been captured this year in dozens of books
that pay homage to the spirit of survival that many of those carried.

Films, music and various other art forms have recorded for posterity
our people’s collective pain.

The Armenian Diaspora has come a long way. From those haunting images
of women and children with distended bellies, dying in front of us,
to beheaded men, we have become success stories across the world.

Unfortunately, it seems much of our success is individual rather than
collective, yet those days are clearly behind us.

Should it matter to us if Turkey or the US does not recognize the
Armenian Genocide? Yes and no. What matters is that we are bringing
the truth to more and more people — sources that can spread the word.

And what happens in April 2016? Let’s hope that the energetic spirit
of so many young people, Armenians and non-Armenians, will endure. Is
it possible that Turkey will recognize the Genocide? It is highly
unlikely, since with acceptance comes consequences. While getting
back any of the Armenian lands may be almost impossible, Armenian
families can file suits against the government and certain families for
usurping their wealth after they were forcibly deported. After all,
the wealth that the Armenians left behind in Turkey is equivalent to
trillions in today’s dollars.

It seems after the debacle of last year’s apology issued by the Turkish
president, they have changed course and now promote a narrative of
deaths among both Armenians and Turks during World War I, while also
suggesting that Armenians were traitors who sided with the Russian
enemy and rose up against the authorities. In other words, we didn’t
do anything and they deserved it.

Let’s celebrate the spirit that is alive and well in us, our children
who speak Armenian, adults who reclaim their heritage and Turkish
citizens who are right along us, fighting for truth and recognition.

Internal, External Pressure Needed To Make Turkey Admit Armenian Gen


20:19 * 23.04.15

Both internal and external pressure is necessary to make Turkey admit
the Armenian Genocide, Yair Auron, an Israeli historian, scholar and
expert specializing on Holocaust and Genocide studies, told

He points put the need for Turkish intellectuals who would prepare
the people and make the authorities admit the Armenian Genocide.

As regards other nations, Mr Auron said that Israel must be the first
to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

“All the nations must recognize it as they have recognized the
Holocaust,” he said.

Massacres D’Armeniens En 1915 : Erdogan Se Rejouit Que Washington Ev



Ankara, 22 avr 2015 (AFP) – Le president turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan
s’est ostensiblement rejoui mercredi de la volonte des Etats-Unis de
ne pas qualifier de genocide les massacres d’Armeniens perpetres en
1915, assurant avoir le plein “soutien” de son homologue Barack Obama.

“Je n’aimerais pas entendre Obama dire quelque chose comme ca, et
je ne m’y attends pas de toute facon. Pour la Turquie, la position
americaine est très claire, elle est contre” la reconnaissance du
genocide, a declare M. Erdogan lors d’une conference de presse avec
le president irakien Fouad Massoum.

La Maison Blanche a appele mardi a une reconnaissance “pleine,
franche et juste” des massacres de centaines de milliers d’Armeniens
perpetres par l’Empire ottoman a partir de 1915, mais elle a comme
toujours evite d’utiliser le mot “genocide”.

“Tout au long de ces six annees depuis qu’il (M. Obama) est president,
nous avons longuement parle de cette question et convenu qu’elle
devait etre laissee aux historiens, pas aux dirigeants politiques”,
a poursuivi M. Erdogan.

La Turquie nie categoriquement que l’Empire ottoman ait organise le
massacre systematique de sa population armenienne pendant la Première
guerre mondiale et recuse le terme de “genocide” repris par l’Armenie,
de nombreux historiens et une vingtaine de pays dont la France,
l’Italie et la Russie.

Le president turc a aussi denonce les commemorations organisees en
Armenie le 24 avril pour commemorer le “genocide”. “Ils vont parler,
parler et insulter la Turquie. Nous serons a Canakkale (sur les rives
du detroit des Dardanelles : ndlr) ce jour-la, mais l’Armenie n’est
pas a notre programme”, a-t-il ajoute.

La Turquie celèbre vendredi en grande pompe le 100e anniversaire de
la meurtrière bataille de Gallipoli, ou des Dardanelles, qui a oppose
d’avril 1915 a janvier 1916 les troupes de l’Empire ottoman a celles
de l’Empire britannique et de la France.

jeudi 23 avril 2015, Stephane (c)

Armenia Sings On In Our Hearts



La première bande annonce du film recueillant des temoignages (dont
Jacky Nercessian, le collectif Medz bazar, l’historien Maxime Yevadian
et l’ecole Tarkmantchatz) des diasporas armeniennes du monde entier
est disponible !

Que signifie etre Armenien en 2015 ? Avec Armenia Sings On In Our
Hearts, Alexia Ohanessian et Isabella Bablumian proposent un debut
a cette delicate reponse…

Pour visionner la bande annonce :

jeudi 23 avril 2015, Claire (c)

Demande De Reparations Et De Restitution Des Biens Nationaux A La Tu




N ous, descendants des rescapes des deportations, des massacres, et
des violences de toute nature Рenl̬vements, conversions forcees,
pillages, spoliations et destructions – au moyen desquels s’est
accompli en Turquie le genocide des Armeniens ;

N ous, temoins et victimes du prejudice subi par la Nation armenienne
de Turquie en raison de ces crimes, de la perte des droits qui etaient
les siens, de la confiscation de ses biens, enfin du deni de justice
qui lui a ete oppose depuis près de cent ans ;

A u nom de nos parents et aïeux contraints a l’expatriation et a
l’exil, et en vue de l’avènement necessaire de rapports constructifs et
d’equite entre les peuples dont l’Asie Mineure est la patrie commune,

S ans prejudice des actions qui seraient entreprises par ailleurs
dans un objectif comparable,


L a restitution integrale des biens nationaux armeniens confisques.

Ces biens consistent en monastères, eglises, chapelles, cimetières,
hôpitaux, ecoles et autres bâtiments communautaires, pris avec
leurs dependances, dont les inventaires, etablis ou a completer,
sont disponibles dans la documentation publiee ou presents dans les
archives, principalement celles de l’Etat turc, qui demeurent a ce
jour en grande partie fermees. Ceux-ci s’entendent meubles compris,
objets d’art et manuscrits notamment.

À ces biens s’ajoutent d’autres monuments, d’interet majeur, qui
temoignent a leur tour, et a l’egal des precedents, aussi bien de
l’histoire et de la civilisation de l’Armenie que de la realite
multiculturelle qui a fait la richesse de l’Asie Mineure ottomane.

L a restitution de ces biens, a titre propre ou conservatoire, est
demandee en vue de leur enregistrement au nom du Patriarcat armenien de
Constantinople/Istanbul, dont les prerogatives et le statut demandent
a etre etendus et raffermis, ou au benefice des fondations ad hoc
qui seront constituees sous son egide pour les recevoir.

E lle implique d’une part le dedommagement de tous les tiers qui,
en application des lois successives qui ont regi la confiscation et
la redistribution des biens armeniens ci-dessus designes, en sont
aujourd’hui les proprietaires, les locataires ou les usagers, que
ces biens se trouvent dans le domaine public de l’Etat ou qu’ils
soient legalement detenus par des personnes morales ou privees ;
d’autre part des mesures de reparation en vue de la protection, de
la rehabilitation, de la restauration ou de la reconstruction des
monuments, ou encore d’indemnisation compensatoire dans tous les cas
particuliers que revelera l’examen detaille des situations.

E lle implique enfin qu’un fonds special, eventuellement ouvert
aux contributions internationales, soit constitue par l’Etat
turc pour subvenir au cours des decennies a venir a cette oeuvre
publique de sauvegarde et de reparation d’utilite universelle,
a laquelle devra necessairement etre associee, comme interlocuteur
gestionnaire et intervenant, une instance armenienne scientifique,
technique et juridique formee autour du Patriarcat armenien de

N ous demandons concomitamment a la Republique de Turquie le
retablissement des toponymes anciens, notamment armeniens, qui
designaient les lieux où se situent ces biens et monuments et, plus
generalement, les localites habitees par les Armeniens ; en particulier
leur affichage en langue armenienne a l’entree des villes, villages
et lieux-dits concernes et sur les panneaux du reseau routier qui
retracent la geographie du territoire.

Paris, le 13 avril 2015 Collectif 2015 : reparation Union
internationale des organisations terre et culture

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Recognition Of Armenian Genocide In Turkey’s Interest: Caroline Cox


13:13, 23 Apr 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

“I’m deeply sad that I am a member of a parliament, the Parliament
of the United Kingdom whose Government today refuses to recognize
the Armenian Genocide,” Member of the UK House of Lords, Baroness
Caroline Cox said at the Global Forum Against the Crime of Genocide
under way in Armenia’s capital Yerevan. She said “it’s a shame.”

“I’m happy to mention that two parts of our United Kingdon – Wales and
Scotland – have recognized the Armenian Genocide. I applaud them and
all national governments that have done the same,” Baroness Cox said.

She also appreciated that the issue of recognition of other genocides
has been included in the forum. Caroline Cox said another example of
genocide is Azerbaijan’s attempt to annihilate the Armenian people in
their historic land of Artsakh. “Whenever I visit Armenia and Artsakh,
I’m so humbled and inspired by the spirit of Armenian people.

“You are like a phoenix. You do not only survive, but also create
beauty from the ashes of destruction here in Armenia and the holy
land of Artsakh,” Baroness Cox said.

“Sadly, Azerbaijan continues to threaten and to kill. And it is
essential to call on Azerbaijan to account for the past attempted
ethnic cleansing and its threats for the future. I believe that Nagorno
Karabakh or Artsakh has at least a valid claim for independence, to
self-determination like Kosovo had,” she said. “We should all strive
to achieve that justice for the Armenians of Artsakh.”

Baroness Cox hailed Pope Francis’s recognition of the Armenian
Genocide. She said “it is in the interest of Turkish people themselves
to acknowledge the truth of this part of history.” Baroness Cox
appreciated the contribution of the speakers from Turkey at the forum.