BRUSSELS–The Euro-Armenian Federation announces that 29 countries will be represented in the Second Convention of European Armenia’s which is due to be held soon. The participants – mainly leading members of the Armenian Diaspora of Europe ‘s and other personalities with responsibilities in the political and associative domains are interested in the Armenian Question and will be attending from the European Union Countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, participants will travel from Armenia, Canada, the United States, Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Syria.
“The capacity of the convention to mobilise demonstrates the extent to which the Armenian issues constitute a focal point of interest for a number of important European citizens and also for many international observers” commented Laurent Leylekian, the executive director of the Euro-Armenian Federation.
In addition, the Federation announces that the film “Screamers”, an exceptional documentary co-produced by the BBC, which by analysing the workings of denials of genocides demonstrates their similarities, will be screened in the European Parliament after the first session, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and in the presence of the film’s director, Carla Garapedian who is a winner of the prestigious Emmy Award.
“With this unique venue, we will be able to show to those European political personalities who often continue to ignore the perverse speeches of denial and the abjectness of denying. At this hour, when the European Parliament appears to give in and surrender its weapons to the denials of Turkey, we hope that this screening will be able to remobilise the consciences in face of an ideology which has proven to be dangerous” concluded Laurent Leylekian.
The screening of “Screamers” will honor the memory of Hrant Dink, Armenian journalist in Turkey, who in January 2007 was assassinated in Istanbul because he advocated for his country’s recognition of the Armenian genocide. The current court case against the assassin and his associates highlighted the direct responsibility of the Turkish official ideology – racial and denialist – on the motives of the murder as well as the collusion between the state apparatus and the killers.
The European Federation also welcomed Wednesday’s vote by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs adopting the Armenian genocide resolution and paving the way for passage by the entire House.
“We welcome the political courage of the deputies of the Foreign Affairs Committee which knew how to reject the cynicism of Ankara” declared Hilda Tchoboian, the President of the Euro-Armenian Federation, and continued “We also want to pay tribute to the hundreds of American activists, organizations of defence of the human rights, people from all religions, all minorities, and to the Armenian organizations of the United States which carried out this struggle of civilization against cruelty”.
The Euro-Armenian Federation pointed out that Babacan, with whom Europe negotiates the accession of Turkey, recently threatened openly the Jewish minority of Turkey because the United States Jewish community supports the resolution H.R.106. It also informs that the Prime Minister of Turkey, Erdogan has asked the Turkish Parliament, which is controlled by his party, the AKP, to authorise the invasion of the North of Iraq in reprisal to the vote of the American representatives. The American State Department has issued a warning to the American residents in Turkey of possible violence against them.
“These extreme and disproportionate measures show that the Turkish government has a long way to go before reaching the values and use of moderation which are those of Europe. They also prove that Turkey which fallaciously sells to us that it is a factor of peace and stability, in fact constitutes a regional threat” continued the President of the Federation.
“In the United States as in Europe, to pass in silence over the Genocide becomes a serious act of complicity with the Turkish denials. We expect the European Parliament to become, once again the voice of conscience of Europe” concluded Hilda Tchoboian. The Euro-Armenian Federation requests the European Parliament that it deman’s, in all European acts and resolutions on Turkey, that the later stops its practice of denial.