Argentine Senate Recognizes Genocide

BUENOS AIRES–In commemoration of the 83rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–on April 23–the Argentinean Senate adopted a resolution condemning all forms of genocide and mass extermination–and expressing concern over the lack of condemnation of such criminal injustice.

In its introduction–the resolution cited the Armenian Genocide–beginning on April 24–1915–as the "first genocide of the 20th century–which was perpetrated by the Turks." The senators which endorsed the resolution urged the president to ratify the resolution on a day when the Armenian community remembers its martyrs and therefore offer due respect to all victims of genocides.

In a special announcement–the City Council of the City of Lanus also condemned the Turkish massacre of the Armenia’s–and in accordance to the United Nations 1948 Convention deemed it a genocide. The announcement found the Turks guilty of planning the annihilation of the Armenia’s.

The State Representative Assembly of Buenos Aires also recognized the Armenian Genocide in a statement made by the Deputy Chairman of the Assembly. The statement acknowledged the Turkish-perpetrated Armenian Genocide as the cause for a large Armenian Diaspora–among which are the Armenia’s of Argentina and Buenos Aires.

The "Clarin" Spanish-language newspaper which reaches a wide audience in Latin America also recognized the Armenian Genocide with a full page on April 24.

On April 16–the Buenos Aires City Council issued a statement in which it offered its support to the Armenian nation in honoring the memory of 1.5 million victims of the Genocide.

In addition to maintaining amicable relations with Argentinean state and federal officials and therefore facilitating the abovementioned resolutions and statemen’s–the Armenian National Committee of South America also began an organ donor program with the slogan "We answer to death by giving life." In this regard–on April 24–the ANC of South America signed agreemen’s with the Health Ministry of Argentina and the Armenia Cultural Organization.

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