Last year–on the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) mounted a campaign against the 1916 British Parliamentary Blue Book. Disguised in terms of improving relations with the republic of Armenia and resolving the Armenian genocide issue–Turkish Parliamentarians claimed that at the root of the Armenian genocide thesis were British propagandists during World War I and the TGNA requested that the British Parliament rescind the 1916 work.
This official Turkish onslaught–which is still in progress–reflected the continuing cynicism of Turkish authorities when addressing the Armenian issue. The soft language of peace masks a more disturbing agenda. The main culprits in this effort remain Sukru Elekdag–the former Turkish ambassador to the United States (now a member of the TGNA)–and his long-standing ally–Justin McCarthy–a long time denier of the Armenian genocide.
Only a few weeks ago–at a special symposium on improving Turkish-Armenian relations–Sukru Elekdag gave an update on his efforts to co-opt the British Parliament in the denial of the Armenian genocide.
In his talk at Abril Bookstore–Ara Sarafian–the British archival historian–will provide an update to the activities of Turkish authorities in the United Kingdom–and discuss the main lines of opposition to Turkish efforts. The event will take place at 8:00 PM on Tuesday–April 18 at Abril Bookstore.
The speaker–Ara Sarafian is an archival historian specializing in late Ottoman and modern Armenian history. He is the director of the Gomidas Institute (UK) and editor of Gomidas Institute Books. His publications include the critical edition of the famous 1916 Blue Book–The Treatment of Armenia’s in the Ottoman Empire 1916-1916 [Uncensored Edition]. Over the past year he has advised a group of British Parliamentarians who have opposed the efforts of the TGNA to deny the Armenian genocide. Sarafian was also a participant at the Istanbul University symposium on Turkish-Armenian relations (March 15-17–2006).
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