OTTAWA—The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) supports Jim Karygiannis’ call for an investigation into actions by Canadian Ambassador to Turkey Mark Bailey’s efforts to promote the Turkish government’s denial of the Armenian Genocide.
In March 2011, Ambassador Bailey met with Senator Nancy Ruth and, according to a trip report filed by Senator Ruth, asked her to work with other Senators to “drop the speeches on Armenian Genocide Day” as they were “an impediment to [Canada’s] relations with Turkey”.
The Armenian Genocide has been recognized by the Senate, the House of Commons and the Government of Canada as a historical fact and an unpunished crime. The Senate stated that the Government of Canada should “…condemn any attempt to deny or distort any historical truth as being anything less than a genocide, a crime against humanity.”
The ANCC calls upon the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure that all Canadian diplomats are aware of Canada’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and to educate diplomats on their clear responsibility to promote Canadian interests abroad and combat genocide denial.
Dr. Girair Basmadjian, ANCC President stated “While we respect Ambassador Bailey’s dedicated and able service to Canada, he has a duty as our representative abroad to promote our government’s policies and to combat denial of the Armenian Genocide. He should not be lobbying to have Canada adopt Turkey’s denialist stance. Instead Ambassador Bailey should be lobbying Turkey to accept the historical truth of the Armenian Genocide.”
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.