Canada’s PM on the Genocide of Armenians

April 24th, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the commemoration of the Armenian genocide:

“I would like to extend my sincere greetings to all of those marking this sombre anniversary of the Medz Yeghern.

“Ninety-six years ago, the Armenian people experienced terrible suffering and loss of life. In recent years, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion acknowledging this period as ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ while the House of Commons adopted a motion that ‘acknowledges the Armenian genocide of 1915 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity.’ I and my party supported those resolutions, and continue to recognize them today.

“We must never forget the lessons of history. Nor should we allow the enmities of history to divide us. The freedom, democracy and human rights enjoyed by all Canadians are rooted in our mutual respect for one another.

“I join with you today in remembering the past, while I encourage you to continue honouring your forefathers by building a bright future for all in Canada.”

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April 24th, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the commemoration of the Armenian genocide:

“I would like to extend my sincere greetings to all of those marking this sombre anniversary of the Medz Yeghern.

“Ninety-six years ago, the Armenian people experienced terrible suffering and loss of life. In recent years, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion acknowledging this period as ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ while the House of Commons adopted a motion that ‘acknowledges the Armenian genocide of 1915 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity.’ I and my party supported those resolutions, and continue to recognize them today.

“We must never forget the lessons of history. Nor should we allow the enmities of history to divide us. The freedom, democracy and human rights enjoyed by all Canadians are rooted in our mutual respect for one another.

“I join with you today in remembering the past, while I encourage you to continue honouring your forefathers by building a bright future for all in Canada.”

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  1. Expect Canada to adopt a principled approach

    States News Service
    April 24, 2011 Wednesday

    REGARDING THE STATEMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
    ANKARA, Turkey

    The following information was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey:

    In his statement regarding the dispute between Turks and Armenians on the painful part of their common history, the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Stephen Harper has expressed a judgment, based on one-sided information, which we find very wrong and unfair. We regret this statement and strongly deplore and reject it.

    Especially since last year, Turkey has made significant efforts to raise her relations with Canada to a level befitting two allies. Prime Minister Mr. Harper’s diversion, based on narrow political calculations, towards an unacceptable path again has dealt a blow to these efforts.

    We expect Canada to refrain from taking steps which could adversely affect the positive relations Turkey is striving to develop in her region and, in connection with this, also expect Canada to adopt a principled approach worthy of our trust in bilateral relations.

    Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

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    1. I Would Like

      I would like to hear your side, Mr. Davutoglu!  I am the son of a Genocide survivor.  My father was left orphan at the age of ten because your "civilized" ancestors killed his parents and seven of his siblings. His older brothers were drafted in the Ottoman army and sent to "amala capu", labor camps, and they never returned. His only sister, my aunt, was burnt alive in a church by your civilized ancestors; she was only four -years-old. My father was saved by an Arab family and told us everything. 

      Explain to me, Mr. Davutoglu, maybe my father made up all those stories along with thousands of other survivors. I want you to look me in the eye and tell me with clear concious that everything my father told me was not true!  Explain to me, Mr. Davutoglu, what happened to over 3 million Armenians who lived in Western Armenia? By denying your own history and the truth, you are no different than your ancestors who carried out these horrific crimes. The truth would set you free!  ENOUGH OF YOUR LIES.  YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

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