Youth Organizations Send Protest to UNESCO

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The assembly of Armenia’s youth organizations Tuesday adopted a protest statement addressed to UNESCO–expressing its strong opposition to the Executive Committee of the UN organization for its consideration of celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire.

UNESCO is scheduled to discuss the issue at its regular session beginning Monday. "Student and youth organizations of Armenia voice their protest against an attempt of such a distinguished body to celebrate the jubilee of an empire which caused so much suffering to humanity–destroyed ancient civilizations and massacred many peoples," the statement read.

"Patronage to a state with such characteristics will be viewed as a step against world values–justification of crimes committed by the Ottoman empire against mankind–disrespect for peoples that suffered a genocide."

The statement comprises a hope that in the name of human principles–progress and justice–UNESCO will reject Turkey’s offer to include the celebrations in UNESCO’s jubilee calendar.

The statement will be handed over to embassies and international organizations operating in Armenia.

The session formed an initiative group to work out a program of action aimed against celebration of the Ottoman Empire under the umbrella of the UNESCO. The youth is also planning to organize demonstrations.

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