Declaration on the Armenian
Office of the President. January 20, 2004
Toronto. January the 12th, 2004, during the last monthly meeting
of the members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada,
the Council adopted a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide
and calls on the Provincial and Federal Government of Canada to implement
the June 13, 2003, Senate of Canada resolution which calls on for
the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
To this extend and in order to fully inform you I have the honour
of sending the resolution to you.
Please make sure that this resolution will meet the necessary publicity
by every member organization, Press or Electronic Media.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Thomas S. Saras
WHEREAS, from 1915 to 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered
by the Ottoman Turkish government as part of a systematic program
of genocide; and
WHEREAS, Armenians were deprived of their homes, their dignity, their
lands and ultimately their lives;
WHEREAS, the Turkish government has not only avoided its responsibility
for officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide but has embarked
on a campaign of denial ; and
WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide lead to the emigration to Canada of
tens of thousands of Armenias who then contributed to Canadian society
as a whole and who also live and work across Canada; and
WHEREAS, the Armenian Genocide has been acknowledged by Countries
and international bodies such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, The Council
of Europe, Cyprus, The European Parliament, France, Great Britain,
Greece, Lebanon, Switzerland, Russia, The United Nations and Uruguay;
WHEREAS, it is critically important for Canadians to acknowledge
what happened and to teach present and future generations the history
of Genocide in order to prevent future genocides;
Now, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT The National Ethnic Press and
Media Council of Canada,
in the name of Justice, cooperation, human rights, respect among
the nations and the peoples, RECOGNIZES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.
Calls on upon the Federal Government of Canada to implement the June
13,2003, Senate of Canada resolution, which calls for the recognition
of the Armenian Genocide, and request the Government of Canada affirms
that and also condemns any attempt by the Turkish Government to deny
or distort this historical truth as being anything less than genocide
and a crime against humanity. Also calls on upon the Provincial and
Federal Government of Canada to recognize this historical crime and
to designate April 24th of every year hereafter throughout Canada
as a day of remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenians and all others
who fell victims to the first genocide and all other genocides of
the twentieth century.
Passed unanimously, in Toronto this 12th day of January, 2004
For the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.
Conseil national de la press et medias ethnicques du Canada.
Thomas S. Saras
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