Â The 27th January, exactly two years after the desecration of our Armenian Genocide Monument , was an historic day for the Wales and the Recognition of the 1915 Genocide of Assyrians and Armenians. The road to Genocide recognition, which began on 24th April 2001, when Rhodri Morgan, then First Minister), laid flowers in memory of the 1915 Genocide Victims, was completed in Cardiff with an explicit recognition of the Armenian Genocide at the National Holocaust Memorial Day event co-sponsored by the Government of Wales (Welsh Assembly Government and Cardiff City Council) the municipality of Wales’ capital.
Â The Genocide was explicitly recognised at the event by guest speaker Rabbi Aron Hier from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles. who referred to it as the “First Genocide of the twenteeth century”. Every word in the event was pre-planned and this statement would have been agreed by the co-sponsors beforehand.
Â Carwyn Jones, First Minister in his speech used “Genocide” and “Mass Murder” inter-changably, using the “massacre of one million civilians in Armenia ” as an example, and going on to use the famous quote from Adolf
Hitler urging his men ‘to kill, without pity, men, women and children’, suggesting that there would be no repercussions for them. By making this statement the First Minister tied in the rise of the Nazi policy of mass
murder with the world’s forgetfulness of the extermination of the Armenians and Assyrians some twenty years previously..
Â Later Armenians, Welsh people and Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriacs from the Iraqi Christian Association of Wales laid flowers at the beautifully-restored Armenian Genocide Monument behind the Temple of Peace. One of the bouqes read “In memory of the Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac Victims of the 1915 Genocide,of the 1933 Simel Massacre and of the 2003-2010 ethnic cleansing in Iraq”.
Â Fr Shnork Baghdassaryan prayed at the Khatchkar, and also took part at the Holocaust ceremony earlier
Â Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the UK who will now be under huge pressure following this open and frank recognition sponsored by the Government of Wales. This will also send shock waves through the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office in London, which has been the architect of the Labour Party policy of supporting the Turkish denialist position at all costs.
Â This is the first moral stance on an international issue created by the 10 year old Welsh government. It is supported by the quasi-totality of Welsh Members of the UK parliament and may manifest the “clear red water”
between Cardiff and London predicted by former First Minister Gordon Brown. This issue has been resolved even though the size of the Welsh-Armenian community is under 40 people.
Â There is a history of pro-Armenian sentiment in Wales since the 1894-96 Massacres in Turkish occupied Armenia, when there was widespread outrage , public meetings and collections for the Victims accross Wales
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