A letter sent by representatives of Armenia–Bolivia–Cyprus–Burundi–Uruguay and Rwanda–to the General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan–urged that during the United Nations General Assembly– which begins on September 9–the body mark the 50th anniversary of the–"United Nations Convention on Human Rights and Genocide."
The 63rd session of the United Nations is going to be a memorable one for Uruguay–because Foreign Minister Dr. Didiet Oper–was chosen as president of the general assembly.
Uruguay was the first nation to recognize the Armenian Genocide–and has always been responsive to Armenian issues. Taking this fact into consideration–the Armenian National Committe of Montevideo and the "Gomidas" radio station–presented Uruguay’s foreign minister with a letter and news pamphlet addressing the issue of the Armenian Genocide–prior to his departure to New York.
The letter warmly congratulates the Prime Minister upon his election to this important position–which once again makes proud the Armenian community in Uruguay.
The letter also asks Oper to address the issue of Genocide at the general assembly and thus assure that no such further violations of human rights will take place in the world.
The "United Nations Convention on Human Rights and Genocide" was approved by the United Nations on December 9–1948 and one of the genocides considered during the ratification process was the Armenian Genocide of 1915.