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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:44 PM

June 2, 2016

Germany joins Canada condemning Armenian Genocide

Germany joins Canada condemning Armenian Genocide


ANCC-Logo14.jpgThe Armenian National Committee of Canada commends Germany’s Parliament (“Bundestag”) for its overwhelming vote today in favour of a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey. This resolution, as well as the ones recognized by Canada and other countries, gives a new opportunity for Turkey to come to terms with its past, much like Germany itself has over the past 70 years. 

German recognition is a significant rebuke to Turkey and its increasingly untenable policy of denial. A world leading nation with more than 3 million citizens of Turkish origin, strong economic and social connections with Turkey at every level, and a genocidal past of its own, Germany’s acknowledgement cannot be ignored.

“If Turkey continues denying the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, it is incumbent on other states to join Germany, Canada and over 25 other nations to combat such denial by formally and officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide”, stated Girair Basmajian, President of the ANCC. “We firmly believe that this is the only way to counter the bullying and denial by President Erdogan and official Ankara” he added.

It is important to note that Green Party Parliamentarian Cem Özdemir, who is of Turkish origin, introduced the German resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Canadians are proud to live in Canada where the Armenian Genocide has been recognized by the Senate, the House of Commons and the government. The ANCC looks to Canada, as a leader in promoting and protecting human rights and democratic values around the world, to help Turkey come to terms with its past by condemning all forms of denial. 

The ANCC looks forward to formal acknowledgement and recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey, which can pave the way to a just resolution for Armenia and Armenians worldwide, and a future reconciliation between the two nations.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:27 PM

ANCA: Germany's Armenian Genocide Recognition Shines Spotlight on President Obama's Complicity in Erdogan's Denial
  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Thursday, June 2, 18:06

The German Bundestag's historic vote earlier today officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide shines a global spotlight on U.S. President Obama's continued complicity in Turkey's denial of this still unpunished crime, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

"The Bundestag's recognition of the Armenian Genocide - made all the more powerful by its honest reckoning with Germany's own role in this still unpunished crime - further isolates Turkey, while shining a global spotlight on the Obama Administration as the leading international enabler of Ankara's campaign of genocide denial," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "There is still time for President Obama to follow Germany's lead, reject Turkey's gag-rule, and speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide."
Prior to his election, President Obama was clear and unequivocal in promising to properly characterize Ottoman Turkey's murder of over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. In a January 19, 2008, statement he wrote: "The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. As a senator, I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106 and S.Res.106), and as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide."

President Obama has broken that pledge in annual Armenian Remembrance Day statements issued on or near April 24th, the international day of commemoration of this crime. 
The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled: "Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide." The specific reference to the Armenian Genocide appears on page 25 of the ICJ Report: "The Genocide Convention resulted from the inhuman and barbarous practices which prevailed in certain countries prior to and during World War II, when entire religious, racial and national minority groups were threatened with and subjected to deliberate extermination.  The practice of genocide has occurred throughout human history. The Roman persecution of the Christians, the Turkish massacres of Armenians, the extermination of millions of Jews and Poles by the Nazis are outstanding examples of the crime of genocide."

President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on the Armenian Genocide in 1975, 1984 and 1996.  This year, West Virginia became the 44th U.S. state to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Under Congressional mandate, the US, between 1915 and 1930, embarked on an unprecedented humanitarian campaign providing the equivalent of over $2 billion in today's dollars to help save Armenian Genocide survivors.

With German affirmation of the crime, over 25 countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. The Bundestag vote was nearly unanimous with only one opposed and two abstentions.  For over an hour leading up to the historic vote, German parliamentarians spoke in favor of the measure, which affirms the Armenian Genocide and crimes committed against other Christian minorities.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:29 PM

CNN News
June 2 2016

Germany declares 1915 Armenian killings a "genocide"

By Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Updated 9:04 AM ET, Thu June 2, 2016

(CNN)The German parliament has passed a symbolic resolution
recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a

The resolution was passed with a "striking majority" said President of
the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert, with only one politician voting
against it and one abstaining.

Between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians, and other minorities, are
estimated to have been killed by what was then-Ottoman Turkey during
World War One.
Turkey has always rejected the term "genocide," saying there was no
systematic attempt to destroy a people.
Eight things to know about the Armenian mass killings
Many Turks also view the Armenians as having been a threat to the
Ottoman Empire in a time of war, arguing that people of various
ethnicities -- including Turks -- were killed during the violence.
Some Turkish leaders also fear a genocide acknowledgment could lead to
demands for huge reparations.
Meanwhile, some Armenians feel their nationhood cannot be fully
recognized unless the extent of the killings of their ancestors is
German politicians raise their hands in favor of the resolution.
Turkey has now recalled its ambassador to Germany, in response to the
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus tweeted: "It is a
historic mistake for the German Parliament to accept some 'distorted
and unfounded' allegations as 'genocide.'
Why Turkey won't say the 'G-word' when it comes to Armenians
"German Parliament accepting this resolution is unbecoming of the
friendship between Turkey and Germany," he continued.
"This issue is one that needs to be resolved by people of science and
historians, not one to be solved by politicians of parliaments."

New strain on Germany-Turkey relationship?

Germany's resolution is likely to place a strain on relations between
Berlin and Ankara, and follows a recent migrant deal between Turkey
and the European Union, in which Germany plays a central role.
Under the deal, for every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey from
Greece, a Syrian refugee in Turkey is resettled in the EU. Turkey also
agreed to take measures to prevent routes for migration opening from
that country to the EU.
In turn, the EU could potentially lift its visa requirements for
Turkish citizens by the end of June 2016.
A visitor wars the Armenian flag during the parliament vote.
The EU may also speed up the payment of 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion)
to Turkey to help it deal with the refugee crisis, with potentially
billions more on the table.
Turkey, which borders both Syria and Europe, is already host to 2.6
million migrants.
EU migrant deal: How will it actually work?

The French precedent

What could the fall-out from Germany's genocide resolution look like?
When France passed legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide in
2011, Turkey promptly recalled its ambassador to the country and froze
military cooperation between the countries.
The ambassador returned the following year, and the election of French
President Francois Hollande in 2012 helped usher in a new era of
cooperation between the countries.

Who uses the G-word?

As of last year, more than 20 countries around the world have
officially recognized the killings of 1915 as a genocide, according to
the Armenian National Assembly. These include France, Canada and
Among the countries which do not call the atrocities a genocide are
the United States and Britain.
Why Obama won't say 'Armenian Genocide'
Armenian clergy men and activists hold up signs saying "thank-you"
after the vote.
While a U.N. subcommittee called the killings genocide in 1985,
current U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declines to use the term.
In April, Pope Francis referred to the massacre as "the first genocide
of the 20th century" -- a claim which Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan described as "nonsense," recalling his country's ambassador to
the Vatican.
In 2014 Erdogan offered his condolences for the mass killings, which
he said had "inhumane consequences" -- though the Turkish leader
stopped short of using the term "genocide."


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 02:01 PM

ok  now  that the excitement is  over

mek  koghmits  tarinera  meghadrum enq  germanyain turqerin  ognelu  gortsum tseghaspanutyan jamanak. hima el  yerexayi pes  urraxanum enq  vor  nuyn  germanyan  SimVolik dzevov  janachel e Yeghern@ Genocide@... ardyoq sa er mer uzzats@ ?? sranov enq  bavararvelu ?? sa e mer Surb Nahataknerin  arjani verabermunq@? sa  voghormutyun e.."shan tullayi bajin"


on one  hand  we have been asking / talking  about  Germany role in 1915 Genocide. on the other we are happy happy happy like a  child that symbolically Germany has recognized the Genocide that he  helped & guided to orchestrate,  closed  it  eye  on, let it happen,
is this  what our  over 1.5 Million Martyrs deserved ??
it’s a pity :( its a slap
jut don't tell me   we need to take baby steps.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 02:07 PM


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Posted 09 June 2016 - 09:40 AM

Foreign Affairs
June 8 2016

Germany and the Armenian Genocide

Berlin's Response to Erdogan?

By Thomas de Waal


On June 2, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, voted to declare the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide. The move, which came one year after thecentenary of the Armenian genocide, caught most onlookers by surprise, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who quickly denounced the resolution and recalled his ambassador from Berlin. Judging from past examples, however, the vote is unlikely to seriously disrupt Turkish–German relations.

The Germans are not the first to take this step and they will not be the last. In Europe, they are following the example of Austria, France, Sweden, and several other countries that have recognized the Armenian genocide in the past few years. Almost all historians of the period agree that the mass killing of the Armenians was an act of genocide, although the term is vague and was devised 30 years later.

But the location and timing of this genocide resolution distinguish it. When the Ottomans began to deport Armenians during World War I, Germany was their closest ally. German officers and soldiers had no direct role in the deportations, which wiped out almost the entire Armenian population of the empire, but they did nothing to stop them.

In 1921, the German general Liman van Sanders, who had commanded the German forces in Turkey during the war, offered the first major apology when he testified in the trial of the young Armenian who assassinated Talat Pasha, the Ottoman minister of the interior and the architect of the genocide. The Bundestag resolution picks up where Sanders left off, by talking of the “historical responsibility of Germany” for the massacres.

When the Ottomans began to deport Armenians during World War I, Germany was their closest ally.

The German resolution is also significant because of the shadow of the Holocaust. In the 1940s, the Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” chiefly to describe the Holocaust of the Jews. The term’s close association with the Holocaust leaves the other examples of genocide that Lemkin invoked—including the slaughter of one million Armenians—in an invidious position: they are constantly compared and contrasted with an even larger and more deliberate instance of mass killing. It also helps explain why Turks recoil so strongly from the term “genocide”: they feel instinctively that it equates the behavior of their grandfathers with that of the Nazis. 

The German lawmakers phrased the Bundestag resolution sensitively to avoid implying that it makes Germany in any way less responsible for its own historical crime, writing that “At the same time, we realize the distinct features of the Holocaust, for which Germany bears its guilt and responsibility.”


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Members of the Armenian community in Germany hold up signs reading ' Recognition now says thanks' during a session of the Bundestag to debate approval of a symbolic resolution that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide", in Berlin, Germany, June 2016.Yet the timing of the resolution is still curious. After all, the obvious time to pass it was last year, during the centenary of the genocide. Even many Armenians have acknowledged that the passage of parliamentary genocide resolutions is a tired process, which may provide them with some kind of therapeutic comfort, but which has not forced Turkey to acknowledge or compensate the descendants of those who died in 1915. After 2015, it seemed time to move on.

But for many German politicians, this was an indirect, if only symbolic, way to answer what they saw as the bullying tactics that Erdogan has used during the migrant crisis, when he threatened to send thousands of migrants toward Europe if Turks were not granted visa-free travel to the EU.


Germany is in many ways a second Turkey in Europe, with a population of more than three million people of Turkish origin. Among these, Kurds and leftists are strongly represented, which means that Turkey’s left-wing Kurdish party, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which received ten percent of the vote in Turkey’s last elections, has a much stronger profile in Germany than it does in Turkey. One of the driving forces behind the Armenian motion was Cem Ozdemir, co-leader of Germany’s Green Party and a strong ally of the HDP. Most other members of the small group of Turkish–Germans in the Bundestag also backed the resolution.

The Germans are not the first to take this step and they will not be the last.

In Turkey, the HDP has broadened itself to be more than just a Kurdish party and has become an umbrella group for all of Turkey’s minorities. As a result, local HDP officials in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir have rebuilt an Armenian church, issued an apology to the Armenians for the 1915 massacres, and built a monument to the victims. In Turkey, the Armenian cause has effectively been joined with the Kurdish one. 

In Erdogan’s first term as Turkey’s prime minister, he prioritized attacking the military and the old Kemalist establishment, who represent the elitist secular values he despises. 


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A woman holds a portrait of Cem Ozdemir, a member of German Bundestag and co-chairman of the Green Party, during a protest against approval of a resolution by Germany's parliament that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide" in Ankara, Turkey, June 2016.At the same time, he oversaw an expansion of Kurdish rights and took the historic step of allowing full discussion of taboo historical subjects, such as the destruction of Turkey’s old Christian minorities. During his first term, Turkey stopped being a republic in which only one ethnic group, the Turks, were dominant; other nationalities won a place in the sun.

But in his new authoritarian guise, Erdogan has declared war on Kurdish rights and by extension on those of the Armenians. Erdogan wants a new majority in parliament so that he can push through amendments to the constitution and establish a much more powerful executive presidency, headed by himself. To do so, he is in the process of stripping HDP members of parliament of their immunity, so they can be prosecuted on terrorism charges, removed from parliament, and replaced with Erdogan loyalists.

One of those under attack is the Armenian–Turkish HDP parliamentarian Garo Paylan, one of those who has championed minority rights and who challenged Erdogan’s bid to be Turkey’s new Sultan. Paylan was hurt in a fist-fight in parliament on May 2 and says that other members of parliament have subjected him to ethnic abuse.

The Bundestag resolution may therefore only make life more difficult for Paylan and his comrades in Turkey. Germany’s Commissioner of Integration, Aydan Ozoguz, who is also of Turkish descent, warned that Erdogan and Turkish ultranationalists “will get a huge boost” from the resolution. Turkey’s small Armenian minority and tens of thousands of Armenians who work semi-legally in Turkey are especially vulnerable to any backlash that the authorities may choose to unleash. 

One of the sad lessons of the aftermath of the 1915 genocide is that foreign interventions can often push the Turkish authorities to once again lash out at minorities as fifth columnists and agents of foreign powers. Even if there is a certain historical resonance to Germany’s resolution, the real battle over Turkey’s responsibility is still being fought in Ankara and Diyarbakir.


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