Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Silencing the Armenian Genocide

UNTIL WHEN WILL THE SILENCING CONTINUE?

* On April 24th, a group of Armenian Americans organized a yellow ribbon campaign at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. They handed out yellow ribbons to people going to the monument and the people tied them on to the ropes.

Maral at The Armenian Affairs interviewed Harut Sassounian. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

“ Armenian Affairs: Who are the organizers of this campaign, we know that they call themselves "Armenian Americans", what are their names?

Harut Sassounian: In terms of the organizers, they are a small group of Armenian Americans who live in Yerevan and their friends in Armenia.


AA: Was Ambassador Evans "Officially Recalled"?

Sassounian: Ambassador Evans was officially notified by the State Dept. that he is being recalled.

AA: Is there any significance for the "Yellow" color? Is it a symbol or a sign for something?
Sassounian: Yellow ribbon is a well known symbol in the United States. Every American, especially American officials at the State Dept. would understand very well the meaning of this yellow ribbon campaign. It is a tribute for a fallen soldier or missing person. It is a tribute and a silent protest on behalf of Ambassador Evans.

So dear friend, if you are going to march on Monday April 24, 2006... make sure you won't forget tying the Yellow Ribbon in Support of this campaign. Below is the Press-Release of the Campaign.”



* The Yellow Ribbon Campaign, Genocide Memorial.

“In the end, we will remember not the words
of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Cilicia.com posts Press Release on Yellow Ribbon Campaign.

Yellow Ribbon Campaign

PRESS RELEASE

During the last few years we have witnessed several disturbing examples of diplomats and representatives who have publicly denied the Armenian Genocide.

• In 2002 Israeli Ambassador to Armenia Rivka Cohen made a statement disassociating the Armenian Genocide from the Jewish Holocaust, thereby questioning the fact of the Armenian Genocide.
• In 2004, the United Kingdom Ambassador to Armenia, Thorda Abbott Watt, twice denied the Armenian Genocide during her tenure, causing outrage among Armenians both in Armenia and the Diaspora.

The third instance differs from the previous two examples in that the Ambassador of one of our ally nations was punished by that same country for speaking the truth;

• Last year U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans held meetings with Armenian Diaspora communities in the United States. During these meetings, Ambassador Evans had the courage to call for an end to word games, expressed his conviction for calling things by their name and called for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Following these statements, several punishments by the U.S. State Department ensued: initially the Ambassador was forced to publicly “take back” his words and to apologize. Now, and most hurtful to us is the fact that Ambassador Evans is being recalled for speaking out the whole truth about the Armenian Genocide.

Such disrespectful actions against the Armenian nation will continue if we do not put an end to such diplomatic denial by these nations.

The Yellow Ribbon Campaign has been organized to shatter the silence surrounding the Armenian Genocide.

Why a Yellow Ribbon Campaign? Because the color yellow signifies hope for the future. With this campaign we appeal to the world, specifically to the nations we consider our friends, to end such insensitive policies and silence towards the pain of an entire nation.

In this regard, we would like to remember the poignant words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends... a time comes when silence is betrayal.”

We call out to the Armenian nation to join this campaign.

Organized by Armenian-Americans in
Armenia and Friends

* Ambassador John Evans has been recalled as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia for his words and recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
He is losing his job and will not be allowed to serve as a diplomat.
There is word that he plans on writing a book of his Memoirs.

* President Bush’s statement on April 24, 2006.
“Today, we remember one of the horrible tragedies of the 20th century -- the mass killings and forced exile of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in the final days of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. This was a tragedy for all humanity and one that we and the world must never forget.”
http://www.usa.am/news/2006/april/news042406.html


Merriam & Webster Online www.m-w.com

And this is how President Bush has turned his back on Armenia once again as Voch Me Ban explains.

NOT MUCH SILENCE IN THE ARMENIAN BLOGOSPHERE.

Armenian Affairs coverage of April 24th .

Hye Log .

While Ara Manoogian at Martuni or Bust!!! writes a letter regarding Amb. Evans’ recall.

As One World shows us that it’s not only the Armenian students gathered at the Genocide Memorial on April 24th.

Notes From Hairenik

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Hakob Gevorgyan writes on the April 24th activities in Montebello, CA and urges the purchase of Made in Armenia products

And Glendale Chick gives us some coverage from Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

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