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Posted 06 November 2019 - 10:31 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 5 2019
Sen. Menendez: Armenian Genocide Resolution will pass if brought to Senate floor

Senator Bob Menendez predicts a powerful bipartisan majority will resoundingly pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution if they are allowed an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

“As momentum builds following the passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the House of representatives, Turkey and its lobbyists are working overtime to block it in Senate. Because they know if this Resolution were to come to the floor, it would pass resoundingly and send a clarion message that recognizes the truth,” Sen Menendez said from the Senate floor.


“The Armenian Genocide happened. It was a monstrous act. And those who deny it are complicit in a terrible lie,” he continued.

“Genocide is genocide. The Senate should not bow to this pressure. It cannot bow to this pressure. Let’s pass this Resolution today,” Menendez stated.

In April 2019 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Democrat Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and former presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced Armenian Genocide legislation reaffirming proper U.S. recognition and remembrance of this crime and rejecting U.S. complicity in its denial.


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Posted 06 November 2019 - 10:32 AM

The National Herald
Nov 5 2019
Greek President Pavlopoulos Calls on Turkey to Recognize Armenian Genocide
By ANA November 5, 2019

(Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos, FILE)

ATHENS – President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos called on Turkey to recognize for past regimes’ crimes against the Armenians and the Greeks, in a message following his meeting in Yerevan with President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian on Tuesday.

Greece “would like to convey to Turkey, our friend and neighbor, that it would be in its own interest and it would raise its international standing if it issued a courageous _expression_ of apology for crimes against humanity that its past leaders foolishly committed against the Armenians and the Greeks,” Pavlopoulos said.

He also added that “we Greeks welcome the fact that the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide is spreading significantly, culminating in the very recent resolution of the US House of Representatives in the United States.” He also noted that Greece recognized the genocide in 1996 and established April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, while in 2014 it outlawed Armenian genocide deniers. Conversely, he said, in 2015 the Republic of Armenia’s plenary recognized the Genocide of Greeks of Pontus.

The Greek president reiterated that Greece seeks friendship and good neighborhood relations with Turkey, and supports its accession to the EU, but this implies respecting international law and European legality. He condemned Turkey’s intervention in Syria and reiterated that the Cyprus issue is an international and EU issue.

In an interview earlier to Armenpress, Armenia’s news agency, Pavlopoulos again stressed that Greek-Armenian relations are based on a lasting friendship, mutual understanding and similar histories of suffering.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:31 AM

The Guardian, UK
Nov 6 2019
Recognising the Armenian genocide
Ara Darzi lauds the vote by the US House of Representatives, and is dismayed by the lack of a similar acknowledgment by the British government


Wed 6 Nov 2019 17.53 GMT Last modified on Wed 6 Nov 2019 17.55 GMT


People visit the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

As the first Armenian in the British parliament, I am overjoyed at the vote by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday last week to recognise the Armenian genocide of a century ago (US House overwhelmingly votes to recognise Armenian genocide, 30 October).

But I remain dismayed by the British government’s refusal to acknowledge the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in a wave of violence that followed the fall of the Ottoman empire. The collective silence over the Armenian genocide was cited by Hitler as he plotted the extermination of Europe’s Jewish population.

It is a source of intense pain and regret to me and my compatriots that our own government persists in denying the genocide out of fear of offending Turkey, a Nato ally. At least 20 countries around the world have formally recognised the massacre as genocide – among them France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the European parliament. Now the House of Representatives has joined them.

My great grandfather and his sons were executed by Ottoman government forces in 1915. His daughter, my grandmother, then a teenager, only escaped by pretending to be dead. She walked barefoot with her mother from Erzerum, where the family lived, arriving weeks later in Mosul, northern Iraq. I was born in Baghdad, where we lived as refugees.

It is unconscionable for the British government to continue to deny the Armenian genocide. Genocide is a global issue. We have seen it in Rwanda and Darfur and in what happened to Christian communities at the hands of Isis in Syria and northern Iraq. The House resolution says the US government should no longer associate itself “with denial of the Armenian genocide or any other genocide”. Our own parliament should do the same.
Prof Ara Darzi
Director, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:34 AM

New Europe
Nov 6 2019
Recognising the Armenian Genocide means being on the right side of history
unnamed-2019-11-06T192257.png By Serj Tankian

Poet, songwriter, visual artist, activist, composer, and lead vocalist of Grammy-winning rock band System of a Down

Turkey’s continued denial of both its past and present crimes against humanity proves that it is an insecure state

The recent passing of House Resolution 296 in the US House of Representatives has highlighted the almost unbelievable roller coaster dynamics of Turkey’s relationship with its NATO allies. For years Ankara has done everything in its power to limit the success of genocide recognition campaigns around the world, primarily with its use of carrot and stick techniques. In Australasia, it would be the threat of not allowing Anzac Day visits by foreign dignitaries from Australia and New Zealand while in the US and certain other countries they have resorted to hiring high-powered lobbying firms to counter moves for genocide recognition.

The Armenian Genocide – an umbrella term for the 1915 massacres of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians by the Ottoman Empire – has for decades been used by Turkey as political capital against well-known democracies around the world. The US block (US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and a number of other countries) have gone out of their way to placate Turkey and its ever more irrational leader, Erdogan, on this issue, ultimately to 1) procure more sales of military equipment, 2) For Turkey to remain a bulwark against Russian ambitions in the area, and 3) For the West to maintain its bases to further project military might in the Middle East and the region overall.

The result has been an absolute disaster, hindering Turkish democracy, and helping to silence all those struggling for an egalitarian, secular state there.

Over the past few years, Erdogan’s handling of American pastor Andrew Brunson’s imprisonment, Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, and its recent military invasion of Syria have finally deteriorated faith in this far removed NATO ally. It’s surprising that this is what it took for the West to take notice. For years, Erdogan’s government has shunned international conventions by imprisoning tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists, Kurds, journalists, artists, and many others without any international noteworthy cost. It led this outlier of a leader to think that he can get away with pretty much anything.

Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria, made under the pretence of a security corridor and a place for the resettlement of Syrian Arab refugees, has directly targeted the area’s Kurds, Armenians, and other communities and explicitly showed the true face of an unpunished killer.

This begs the question of when someone gets away with murder, or genocide denial, what is to stop them from committing other crimes against humanity?

Armenians around the world were devastated to witness Turkey’s bombing of Kurdish forces and civilians in Syria. It was like experiencing PTSD from a 100+-year-old genocide. The YPG/Kurdish-American alliance was destroyed overnight after US President Donald Trump’s call with Erdogan. As far as Trump saw it, the Kurds had served American interests by doing the lion’s share of the fighting against ISIS and were now disposable.

h_51903522.jpgArmenians and Turks hold pictures of the slain as they attend a memorial in Istanbul to mark the anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. EPA-EFE//ULAS YUNUS TOSUN


Lucky for us, most Americans don’t see it that way. Many in the United States and their congressional representatives were appalled at how easily a U.S. ally was literally thrown under the bus by a President fighting a now ongoing impeachment inquiry. It truly brought Turkey’s continued diplomatic abuse to light.

As Armenian-Americans, we have fought for recognition of the genocide for many years. We will continue to fight for a Senate resolution of the same kind in the coming days and months. The importance of such resolutions is to finally make it clear to Turkey that there is a price to pay for genocide denial, for continuing to act with impunity against its own minorities and activists and to shed international laws.

These resolutions will not predicate behaviour by the State Department, nor the President, but will nonetheless send a strong message that Americans will not stand for this. The rest of the world also needs to take a strong stance against Erdogan and his insecure state.

While I was in New Zealand, I wrote a strong critique of Erdogan’s response to the Christchurch mosque shootings with his false claims of responsibility against New Zealanders.

Australians and New Zealanders should be appalled, stand up to this thug and refuse to visit their perished loved ones who are buried under Turkish soil in Gallipoli while the government of Turkey continues its unending abuse.

Most of my friends are shocked that Israel has also never formally recognised the genocide. Irrespective of the bad diplomatic blood between Turkey and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has blocked all such efforts to recognise the Armenian Genocide due to the intelligence sharing that Israel has with Turkey and, until now, the US’ official stance on genocide recognition. Israel should have been the first state to pass a resolution that gave official recognition to the Armenian genocide as we’re now all too familiar with Hitler’s quote when asked about the Nazi’s extermination of Europe’s Jews: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

It is time to punish genocide denial around the world.

Last year Armenia experienced a unique historical detour, shedding its post-Soviet corrupt oligarchic state and instituting a progressive regime via the peaceful Velvet Revolution led by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. We’ve made a documentary film called “I Am Not Alone” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and shows the details of the revolution.

What continues to stand out for me is how decentralised civil disobedience was successfully used as a tool for peaceful regime change in Armenia. Turkey continues its illegal blockade of Armenia, holding a whole country hostage from international trade routes and rights. With so many countries and provinces around the world struggling with their own democratic movements – Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, and Iraq, to name a few – it is essential for the citizens of Turkey to claim their destiny and find a way forward toward the goal of a more progressive, egalitarian, democratic country. Erdogan and his deeply corrupt government continue to send them into a downward spiral of misfortune.

The Armenian Genocide should serve as an important historical lesson to all. Unpunished crimes against humanity that are ignored for economic or political gain by the international community will eventually lead to global disorder.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:02 AM

Thank you Sir for your unwavering support and honesty!

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This statement responds to a letter from Turkey’s Ambassador Serdar Kilic to Members of the US House of Representatives, dated 25 October 2019. Ambassador Kilic urges Congress to defer voting on the Armenian Genocide Resolution in favor of a commission to study the Armenian Genocide. 


I served as Chairman of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC), which operated from 1999 to 2003. I also authored the diplomatic history of the 2009 Turkey-Armenia in Protocols, aimed at normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey.

TARC included prominent civil society representatives from Turkey and Armenia. It sought to foster a dialogue on normalization and reconciliation based on Turkey’s recognition that the events of 1915 represented Genocide. The US Government and five European governments sponsored TARC’s activities. The governments of Turkey and Armenia were informed throughout the dialogue process.


Turkey has not been sincere about dialogue or normalizing relations. Turkey signed onto TARC, which sought a legal opinion that the events met the definition of genocide. Turkey is responsible for derailing the Protocols and avoiding an honest examination of its own history. That is the consequence of a non-democratic government in Turkey, which treats dialogue as another strategy in its denial campaign.


A finding advised by the International Center for Transitional Justice concluded that the events could be characterized as genocide because they met the minimum definition of Genocide: (i) More than one person died; (ii) Those who died represented a distinct ethnic, cultural or religious group; (iii) There was a pattern to events resulting in their deaths; (iv) The perpetrators knew that Armenians would die and therefore possessed the requisite genocidal intent. https://www.armenian-genocide.org/Affirmation.244/current_category.5/affirmation_detail.html


The genocide finding was confirmed by the Elie Wisel Foundation and scores of Nobel laureates. 

Turkey offered to open its archives. The offer was disingenuous. The Ottoman archives have been cleansed of incriminating materials.

Turkey only responds under duress, despite its protestations.

Regarding bilateral cooperation between the United States and Turkey, Ambassador Kilic exaggerates Turkey’s cooperation with the US. Today there is mounting evidence that Turkey supported ISIS and protected its founder and head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Ambassador Kilic employs a hackneyed argument about the importance of Turkey to NATO. In fact, Turkey under Erdogan is Islamist, anti-democratic, and hostile to human rights. It violates NATO protocols, cooperating closely with Russia through acquisition of Russian S-400 Surface-to-Air Missiles. Based on intelligence concerns, Turkey’s participation in the F-35 stealth fighter program has been suspended.

NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. If Turkey applied to join NATO today, its application would be put in the garbage bin.

Real reconciliation between Turks and Armenians requires acknowledgement by Turkey of the Armenian Genocide. I strongly urge Members of the US House of Representatives to support HR 296.



David L. Phillips


Director, Program on Peace-building and Rights
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Author of Unsilencing the Past: Turkey Armenian Protocols a Diplomatic History



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:05 AM

Intermountain Jewish News
Nov 7 2019
Ilhan Omar isn’t the only hypocrite on Armenia

Last week’s overwhelming vote by the House of Representatives in favor of a resolution condemning the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 represented a breakthrough. Hard as it may be to believe, the vote was the first time a chamber of Congress officially designated the mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians as an act of genocide.

For decades, legislators have ducked the issue because telling the truth about what happened deeply offends Turkey. 

The Turkish republic that emerged from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire has always regarded the discussion about what happened to the Armenians as an insult. Ankara has always rejected any admission of responsibility or apology. 

For decades, Turkey has spent vast amounts on lobbying and spreading disinformation about the history of the Armenian genocide — all aimed at forcing those who interact with the Turks to choose between affirming a historical truth and good relations with a member of the NATO alliance.

That formula worked for them for quite a long time. But the steady drift toward authoritarianism by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and its vicious hatred of Israel have lost it friends in the US. 

The Turks’ recent attack on the Kurdish people in northeastern Syria after getting a green light from the Trump administration has reduced the number of their friends in Washington to only a handful. So it was little surprise that the Armenian motion passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by a 405-11, with three members voting present.

Most of the attention about that vote was centered on one of those who abstained: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Since Omar has spent a disproportionate amount of her time since being elected last year lecturing the world about human rights, her unwillingness to extend the same sympathy that she devotes to the Palestinians to Armenian victims didn’t escape notice.

While we are all used to hypocrisy in politicians, this is Olympic-level mendacity of the sort that ought to shame her into silence. She made it worse by echoing Turkish propaganda, issuing a statement that spoke of wanting an “academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics,” as if there were any doubt about what has been documented to have happened.

Even worse, she seemed to think it wrong to single out the Turks for genocide. 

Her squeamishness about condemning Turkey without mentioning every other crime against humanity in the last several hundred years also brought to mind her single-minded support for the BDS movement, which attacks Israel for boycott and destruction. 

She believes that the one Jewish state on the planet must be punished, though remains notably silent about the human-rights violations on a massive scale that take place on a regular basis in Islamic countries such as Iran. 

The fact that she had a friendly meeting with Erdogan also makes it clear that her talk about disdaining “geopolitics” is hogwash.

But while Omar has taken a deserved shellacking from supporters of Israel and even a scolding from left-wing outlets like The Nation, she’s not the only one who has had a blind spot when it comes to Turkey.

At the top of the list right now is President Donald Trump. His willingness to give the Turks a green light for attacking the Kurds in northeastern Syria was indefensible. 

The Republican Party has stuck with Trump because he has governed like a conservative, benefiting many of their beliefs and programs; plus, they despise the Democrats trying from day one to destroy him. 

Still, his sympathy for Turkey was a bridge too far for almost everyone in the GOP, as the votes on resolutions on Syria and the Armenians showed.

There are limits even to that demonstration of principle since the Senate’s reluctance to take up the House’s Armenian resolution shows that it doesn’t want to set up a confrontation with Trump, who would be unlikely to sign the document if passed.

Democrats, on the other hand, have no standing to squawk about Trump. They did nothing to protest the fact that President Barack Obama publicly stated that Erdogan was one of his favorite world leaders. He appeased Erdogan as much, if not more, than Trump. 

Samantha Power, Obama’s Ambassador to the UN, wrote in The New York Times criticizing Trump. Although she won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about the responsibility to protect defenseless populations from genocide, she did nothing to promote that issue or to act against mass murder in Syria during her time at the UN.

Yet the list of hypocrites on Armenian genocide would not be complete without mentioning the role of the pro-Israel community in the past.

As long as Turkey was friendly with Israel, Jewish groups swallowed their principles and didn’t join with the Armenian community in spite of their rhetoric about the Holocaust and the need to stop future genocides. 

Former Anti-Defamation League head Abe Foxman took a lot of heat on the issue. But he stood his ground because he considered preserving good relations between Israel and Turkey — the first Islamic country to recognize Israel, added by its strong military and economic ties in the past — was more important. Sticking with the Turks seemed to aid the Jewish state’s ability to defend itself against threatened genocidal attacks from Iran.

But Erdogan, who is a vocal supporter of Hamas, and has repeatedly slandered and denigrated Israel, changed all that. As he gained total power in Ankara, supporters of Israel, including Foxman, realized that there was no point continuing to kowtow to the Turks’ irrational refusal to tell the truth about their history. 

As bad as it may be for those like Trump, who don’t grandstand about their devotion to human rights, to turn a blind eye to Erdogan’s historical revisionism, it’s even worse for Omar. Every time she opens her mouth about the Palestinians, she should be reminded by her fans in the liberal media that people who support anti-Semitic movements like BDS and yet are indifferent to Armenian genocide have no standing to pose as defenders of human rights. 

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of Jewish News Syndicate (JNS).


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:44 AM

Nov 8 2019
Turkish government fears compensation claims for Armenian genocide
Orhan Kemal Cengiz November 8, 2019           
REUTERS/Murad Sezer
A human rights activist holds carnations and a banner that reads: "Genocide! Beg forgiveness!" during a demonstration to commemorate the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Turkey, April 24, 2017.

Every time a new country is about to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide, Turkey reacts harshly. Yet its harsh reaction and diplomatic rows have not prevented more than 30 countries from recognizing the Armenian genocide. From Germany to Brazil, Russia to Switzerland, the countries recognizing the Armenian genocide cover almost the whole world in terms of geography and political alliances.

However, Turkey has perhaps expended the most energy trying to prevent the United States from recognizing the Armenian genocide. The Turkish state annually pays millions of dollars to US lobbying firms every year to avoid official recognition of the Armenian genocide.

So far, successive Turkish governments have succeeded in preventing American presidents from uttering the g-word. But this year, the United States came close to joining the countries recognizing the Armenian genocide. The US House of Representatives adopted a nonbinding resolution Oct. 29, officially recognizing the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1917 as genocide.

As expected, the decision prompted angry reactions in Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting the tone by calling the resolution “worthless,” stating that “a country whose history is full of the stain of genocide and slavery neither has the right to say anything nor to lecture Turkey.”

Turkey staunchly rejects calling what happened in 1915 genocide or a crime against humanity. According to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948, the forced “relocations” of the Armenians resulted in mass killings that constitute genocide. The convention defines genocide as "acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, racial or religious group," including "killing members of the group" and "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part."

The "relocation" of the Armenians in 1915 perfectly matches the latter clause of the convention. In contrast to official Turkish claims, historical evidence shows that Armenians were intentionally forced into terrible conditions.

Talat Pasha, the Ottoman interior minister at the time, is considered the architect of the Armenian genocide. Pasha was aware of the consequences of sending the Armenians to the Deir ez-Zor region, which is now a part of Syria. In a 1914 speech to parliament, Pasha explained why they did not send Greeks in Turkey to this region: “Migrants … if we were to send them there and scatter them in the desert, they would starve to death.” But the same Pasha, just 10 months after the speech, decided to resettle Armenians in the Deir ez-Zor region. 

The drafters of the UN genocide convention were aware of what happened to the Armenians in Turkey, and they wished to describe these events as genocide. Raphael Lemkin, who first coined the word genocide and helped draft the convention, even stated in an interview that he became interested in genocide "because it happened to the Armenians, and after the Armenians, Hitler took action …”

It is clear that the Armenian genocide influenced Lemkin's creation of the term. Consequently, he included the patterns he saw in these historical cases in the definition of genocide. In this way, it is futile to discuss whether there was an Armenian genocide, as the term was literally created to describe what happened to the Armenians in 1915.

Yet the question remains: Why is Turkey so afraid of the genocide label in the case of the Armenians? There is no single overarching explanation for Turkey's longstanding denials. One explanation is that being associated with genocide can hurt a nation’s pride. But some recent developments point to other concerns.

In a November 2019 interview in Karar daily, former parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek said that the US Congress' move could have wide repercussions. “Armenians of Turkish origin have been filing reparation cases against Turkey for a while," he said. "The latest decision of the US House of Representatives on genocide, in one way, has fulfilled the demands of the Armenians in the political dimension … From now on, the courts might not justify their decisions by saying the matter should be left to politics … The Armenians now may seek to ensure a ruling from the higher court in favor of reparations, thinking that the current political climate in the United States might lead to some results to their advantage … Such a reparations decision can create problems for Turkey, which would take hundreds of years to overcome.”

Cicek is referring to the 2010 case of Alex Bakalian, an American of Armenian descent, who, alongside others, sought $65 million in damages in a US court related to the 1915 genocide, as well as a judgment stating that Turkey could be tried in US courts for genocidal actions under the Ottoman Empire. Bakalian also demanded compensation for the land that he says was confiscated, territory that also includes parts of the Adana Incirlik base allocated to the US Air Force. 

A US judge dismissed the case in 2013 under “the political question doctrine,” which says certain questions should be handled by the executive branch, meaning that first the US government would have to label the events of 1915 a genocide and then the US courts would proceed accordingly.

In his interview, Cicek hinted that the political question doctrine could be deemed solved with the recent House resolution.

However, in August, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit also rejected the compensation demands of Bakalian and others, stating that the statute on land grab claims expired.

Regardless of whether such cases have any chance of success after the House resolution, such developments and their echoes resonate in Turkey, where the government is seriously concerned that the US recognition of the genocide may prompt demands for compensation domestically. Turkey's rigid protests against genocide resolutions are intended to avoid such demands being directed toward Turkey.


Orhan Kemal Cengiz is a human rights lawyer, columnist and former president of the Human Rights Agenda Association, a Turkish NGO that works on issues ranging from the prevention of torture to the rights of the mentally disabled.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:53 AM


Garo Paylan delivers statement on recognition of Armenian Genocide in Turkish parliament

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 8, ARMENPRESS. Ethnic Armenian lawmaker of the parliament of Turkey Garo Paylan delivered a statement on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide during the parliamentary debate of the 2020 state budget draft, his Office told Armenpress.

“Before 1915 Armenians were living on these lands – in Isparta, Mersin, Adana, Trabzon, Tigranakert, Bursa, and one in every five in this country was Armenian, but now we even can’t fill a stadium if gather. Of course, we didn’t evaporate. A great disaster took place, which, unfortunately, we deny with an abjuration policy and refuse to talk about it for already 104 years.

Look, other parliaments talk about that, but we say let them not talk. Let the material relating to this region be talked about in this region. If there is a parliament in the world that should talk about it, that is Turkey’s Grand National Assembly because we are the sons of these lands”, Garo Paylan said.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan




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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:51 AM

As predicted now it's Senate's turn to use AG as a stick, what else is new with US government!

JAM News

Nov 14 2019
Armenian Genocide recognition resolution won’t reach US Senate vote
JAMnews, Yerevan
November 14, 2019

Senator Lindsay Graham, one of Donald Trump's closest associates, exercised his right and blocked the adoption of the resolution.


Photo/ svoboda.org

US Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has blocked the resolution on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, which was adopted on October 29 by the US House of Representatives.

405 congressmen of the House of Representatives recognized the massacres of Armenians at the beginning of the last century in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, only 11 congressmen spoke out against the resolution.

Moreover, the resolution was supported by both Democrats and members of the US Republican Party.

• Reaction to US House recognition of Armenian genocide in Armenia, Turkey, world

The document was supposed to go through the Senate, where, were it to be approved, the resolution should have been signed by the president.

However, Republican Lindsay Graham, considered one of Donald Trump’s closest associates, blocked the adoption of the resolution.


The Armenian Genocide referee to the massacre in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. Before that, about two and a half million Armenians lived on the territory of the Ottoman Empire. As a result of the killings and mass deportation, more than half of them died.

The tragic events in the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the last century have been recognised as genocide and condemned by influential international organizations, including the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches. Among the countries that recognized the Armenian Genocide, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Russia, Belgium, France, Poland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Greece, Cyprus, the Vatican, Germany, Lebanon and 48 US states.

Turkey categorically does not accept such a formulation of the events of those years.


Until now, US presidents, including Donald Trump, in their official speeches, speaking about the events of 1915, have not used the word “genocide”.

49 out of 50 US states officially recognized the Armenian Genocide, but at the federal level, the process has always slowed down at some point

Graham’s explanations and the Senate reaction

Senator Lindsay Graham, who heads the Senate Legal Committee, explained that he blocked the resolution immediately after meeting with Turkish President Erdogan at the White House. According to him, he slowed down the resolution “not because of the past, but because of the future,”

“I just met with Erdogan and President Trump and talked about the problems that we face in Syria due to the military invasion of Turkey. I hope that Turkey and Armenia can solve this problem together.”

Graham added that senators “should neither sugarcoat nor rewrite history.”

Senator Robert Menendez, a senior Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, answered Graham:

“Are you so scared of Turkey? Which of us is a superpower? I’m thinking that in the end Turkey doesn’t determine what decisions the US Senate should take. ”

These statements were made after a meeting between Trump and Erdogan on November 13 at the White House. During the briefing, the Turkish president called the resolution adopted on October 29 “offensive to the Turkish people.”

What’s happening and why – expert opinion

Political scientist Suren Sargsyan believes that various factors influenced the blocking of the resolution. One of them is a desired improvement of US-Turkish relations:

“After the Trump-Erdogan meeting, relations between Turkey and the United States can go a completely different way. Rapprochement may occur during this year, as the meeting was warm.

“This means that in many issues, approaches will change. Relations will develop as relations between two strategic partners. In the near future, we will probably see an improvement in their relationship.”

At the same time, he emphasized that the global anti-Turkish sentiment has not yet passed:

There are still open questions for the American public and political circles. These are the issues of the Russian air defense systems that Turkey has acquired. This is a big problem for the United States and for NATO partners.”

As for Graham’s decision itself, according to the political scientist, the senator “made it clear that if the resolution is passed, the United States will have problems in Syria and Turkey will not help the United States.”

The political scientist says that even now there is an opportunity to carry out the resolution further:

“The leader of the Republicans in the Senate has the right to remove the veto from the resolution. But this requires great political will and strong support from senators. Then the resolution will have a chance. But it will take a lot of time.”

Suren Sargsyan says that now the Armenian lobby has a difficult task – to ensure that Graham removes the veto:

“If he is against the resolution, he can simply vote against it, and not block the resolution in the Senate. He will follow this path if he receives strong support from other senators.”

Why the House of Representatives earlier adopted the resolution

The US Congress has lingered for years over the recognition of the Armenian massacre because of fears of deterioration in relations with Turkey’s NATO ally.

• Armenia: how genocide went from taboo to national rallying point

• Bundestag used the word “genocide”

The accelerated consideration of the resolution was caused by the deterioration of US relations with Turkey. The situation was influenced by several factors:

• Turkey’s military operation against the Syrian Kurds, who were key allies of the Americans in the fight against ISIS. And all this happened after Donald Trump suddenly announced his withdrawal from Syria.

• Turkey’s decision to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems [anti-aircraft missile system designed to destroy air attack weapons], despite US discontent.

Moreover, its supporters did not hide the geopolitical context of the adoption of the resolution.

On the day the Turkish operation in Syria began, Congressman Ted Lew, who represents the district where many Armenians live, wrote on Twitter that now is the time for the United States to recognize the Armenian genocide.

• Dutch parliament recognizes 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide despite opposition from government

Moreover, immediately after the vote on the genocide, the deputies of the House of Representatives, again overwhelmingly, supported a bill urging Trump to impose sanctions against Turkey.

The bill proposed sanctions against senior Turkish officials, including the Minister of Defense, to block the assets of Turkish officials and impose sanctions against Turkish banks.




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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:53 AM

Nov 14 2019
WATCH: Trump looks on as Turkey’s Erdoğan denies the Armenian Genocide ever occurred

Bob Brigham

President Donald Trump looked on as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan denied the Armenian Genocide during a joint press conference at the White House.

Trump allowed Erdoğan’s visit despite Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria.

Onlookers were shocked that Erdoğan did this in front of the president and multiple Republican senators.

Watch the video at https://www.rawstory...-ever-occurred/


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 10:46 AM

Those nomads created your alphabet so that you can communicate, introduced the printing press so that you can print, built your mosques so that you can worship, built your palaces and buildings so that you can live in it, introduced theater so that you can enjoy art, gave you almost most of the trades so that you make a living, gave you tons of Doctors to cure you, gave you accountants to keep your government in order, gave you linguists so that you get educated, gave you civil servants so that your government can operate, I can go on further but you get the picture by now! You shameless SOB  erDOGan don't forget that your ilk came from the Asian steppe with their goats and that's what you knew until you met the civilization on our native lands and appropriated it and made it yours. I'm sure you knew all this, just like an insecure little man that you are who can't face his true history needs to revise it in order to feel important. If you are truly looking for a nomad, look no further than yourself in the mirror there you will see one. 

Ahval News

Nov 14 2019
Erdoğan says Armenians were nomads when deported by Ottomans in 1915

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that Armenians had been living as nomads when the Ottoman Empire started their mass deportation from Anatolia in 1915, the Voice of America reported.

Erdoğan, who met U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House, visited the Washington centre of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affair (Diyanet) later in the day.

The Washington visit of Erdoğan came after the U.S. House of Representatives last month voted in favour of a resolution that formally recognised the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire a century ago as genocide. 

Erdoğan said in his speech at the Diyanet centre that he had hoped the U.S. Senate would not follow the House’s move to recognise the Armenian genocide. 

“For us, it is null and void. Those who want to put pressure on us by such decisions will eventually understand that they are wrong,” he said about efforts in the U.S. Congress.

“They used to travel in different places as nomads. The forced deportation took place while they were living the same way as nomads in Turkey,” Erdoğan said about the history of Armenians.

The first Armenian state dates back to Orontid dynasty, which ruled parts of today’s eastern Turkey in the 6th century BC. 

In antiquity and the Middle Ages the area was ruled by a succession of Armenian dynasties, but the Armenian political independence was largely brought to an end by a wave of invasions and migrations by Turkic-speaking peoples beginning in the 11th century.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 2.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, mostly concentrated in the six provinces of eastern Anatolia.





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Posted 16 November 2019 - 10:47 AM

New York Daily News
Nov 15 2019
Affirm the Armenian genocide
By Sarah Morgenthau
New York Daily News
In this file photo, Huge crowds of Armenian Americans march during an annual commemoration of the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

The House recently took a historic step, overwhelmingly voting in favor of passing the Armenian Genocide Resolution, which officially rejects Turkey’s denial of the genocide it committed against an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Gus Billrakis (R-Fl.) were instrumental in leading the House effort. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was a very early supporter of this bill, calling for its passage last July.

My great grandfather, Henry Morgenthau Sr., U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1913 to 1916, spoke out repeatedly for the U.S. recognition of the genocide. He did this as a Jew and an immigrant from Germany who perhaps held a special sensitivity to what was going on in Turkey.

Morgenthau took it upon himself to go completely outside the bounds of diplomacy and perhaps legality and to use his influence and what he thought of as the moral authority of the United States to try to intervene directly in the policy of the Turkish government in exterminating the Armenian people.

1915 was long before the Jet Age of instant communication, much less Twitter, requiring ambassadors to take the initiative on diplomacy and truly represent the U.S. In a telegram sent to the secretary of state in Washington dated July 20, 1915, Morgenthau wrote “Deportations of and excesses against peaceful Armenians is increasing and from harrowing reports of eyewitnesses it appears that a campaign of race extermination is in progress under a pretext of reprisal against rebellion.”

A woman stands at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks, in the Armenian capital Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Hakob Berberyan/AP)

I wish my great-grandfather were alive today to witness this first time a chamber of Congress has officially designated the 1915 mass killing of the Armenian people.


It is all the more important for us to press ahead and say enough is enough given that Turkey, a NATO ally, is today attacking the Kurds in northern Syria.

All who care about setting the historical and moral record straight must press Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to passage of the Senate version of the resolution on the Armenian Genocide.

The Ottoman efforts to annihilate the Armenians were used by Hitler to justify the extermination of the Jews. Just a week before invading Poland in September 1939, Hitler asked, “[w]ho speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?” Erdogan’s attack on the Kurds living along the Turkish-Syrian border is similarly justified in his mind by the Ottoman attack over a century ago.


Days after the House bill passed, Erdogan called the Armenian genocide “worthless” and the “biggest insult” to the Turkish people. We must stand for what is right against such a historical insult.

Morgenthau is the great-grand-daughter of Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, a former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a senior political appointee at the U.S. Peace Corps under President Obama.


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Former Chairman, Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission

 U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the White House on November 13, 2019. During their joint press conference, Trump was uncharacteristically silent as Erdogan went on a diatribe concerning Armenian Genocide, condemning the near unanimous Resolution in the US House of Representatives reaffirming the US record on the Genocide. Erdogan also dredged up the debunked proposal for a joint historical commission on Armenian issues.

Erdogan is an established denier of the Armenian Genocide, where 1.5 million Armenian Christians were slaughtered by his predecessors. His ties to ISIS and other enemies of the US should have disqualified him from the White House visit to begin with.

In the press conference, paradoxically, Erdogan both denied the Genocide and invited a “dialogue and debate” about Armenian issues. Dialogue sounds like a positive and worthwhile step. In this instance, however, it is another component of Turkey’s denial campaign. The purpose of dialogue cannot be to explore the truth of the Armenian Genocide. That fact is beyond question.

I chaired the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) from 2001 to 2004. TARC included former foreign ministers and prominent Turks and Armenians from around the world. It worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice to produce a legal opinion in 2003, which concluded that the events in the early Twentieth Century met the definition of Genocide: (i) More than one person died; (ii) Those who died represented a distinct ethnic, cultural or religious group; (iii) There was a pattern to events resulting in their deaths; (iv) The perpetrators knew that Armenians would die and therefore possessed the requisite genocidal intent. The genocide finding was confirmed by the Elie Wiesel Foundation and scores of Nobel laureates. 

In 2009, Armenia and Turkey agreed to Protocols which would have normalized relations and established a joint committee to work on all historical and legal issues, aimed at normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey. Erdogan scuttled those agreements, casting doubt on his sincerity.

The Armenian Genocide was confirmed by sources of unquestioned integrity and credibility, including official dispatches from Ambassador Henry M. Morgenthau and cables from consular offices. Morgenthau reported, “When the Turkish authorities gave the order for these deportations, they were giving a death warrant to the whole race”. Raphael Lemkin, author of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, described genocide as “what happened to the Armenians.”  

Erdogan wants a “constructive dialogue with the United States Congress.” However, Congress has already reacted to Turkey’s denial campaign by overwhelmingly approving House Resolution 296, which affirms the US record of the Genocide. HR 296 passed by a vote of 405 in favor and 11 against.

Dialogue does not mean denial, and there is no reason for another history commission when the results have been confirmed and reconfirmed many times over.  Even President Trump has given a dictionary definition of the genocide and used the Armenian term for Genocide in his annual Remembrance Day statements on April 24.

Erdogan said that Turks were “hurt” by the passage of HR 296, while censoring and prosecuting Turks who take steps to come to terms with Turkey’s past.  He has found that racism makes good politics. In 2007, the leading Turkish Armenian journalist working for reconciliation in Turkey was assassinated, in an unresolved murder with clear government and mafia connections.

There was nothing new in Erdogan’s recent remarks. Once again, he offered to open up the Ottoman archives and endorsed an academic debate between experts and historians. Proposing to open the archives is a ruse aimed at sewing doubt as to whether 1.5 million Armenians were actually killed. The main perpetrator’s own journal, as well as other documents, have been published, confirming the Turkish campaign to exterminate Armenians and other Christians in the Ottoman Empire.

Instead of giving Erdogan a platform for disinformation, Trump should have spoken forthrightly about the Armenian Genocide. The more Turks hear the mention of the Genocide, the closer they will come to accepting the Truth. 

David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He was Chairman of TARC from 2001 to 2004. His book, Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation,(2005) is an account of TARC’s work. Phillips is also author of Diplomatic History: The Turkey Armenian Protocols (2012).

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 10:21 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 9 2019
Ted Cruz: Senate passage of Armenian Genocide resolution ‘very likely’ in coming weeks

The passage of a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the US Senate is “very likely” in the coming weeks, Senator Ted Cruz told NBC’s Meet the Press.

“We are likely to finally acknowledge the horrific Armenian Genocide, which I have been fighting for years to do,” the senator said.

Republican Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota blocked the resolution from being passed by unanimous consent in the Senate at the White House’s request on 5 December – the third time a GOP senator has done so since the House passed the legislation by a 405-to-11 vote.

The other Republicans who've objected to the bill are Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and David Perdue of Georgia. Graham launched his objection after meeting with President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office.




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