Envoy in Canada Presses for Genocide Recognition

OTTAWA–Armenian Ambassador in Canada Levon Barkhoudarian met with the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s Eastern–Central and Southern European Bureau head James Wright Monday–March 1.

Wright invited Barkhoudarian on account of a February 17 letter in which the Armenian embassy outlined concerns regarding the February 15 Parliamentary discussions on the official recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and Foreign Ministry secretary Julian Reed’s false statemen’s against the Genocide. The letter expressed the Armenian embassy’s concern that Reed’s stance against the Genocide maybe shared by the rest of the government of Canada.

During the meeting the Armenian Ambassador reiterated the letter’s concerns and brought up the fact that in September 1998 that at the General Assembly of the United Nations–Canada co-sponsored a unanimously adopted resolution introduced by the Republic of Armenia calling upon the "recognition and punishment of Genocide crimes."

Barkhoudarian also presented the Armenian government’s stance on striving for worldwide recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

Wright said he understood the Armenian community’s concerns and expressed to Barkhoudarian on behalf of all Canadians his condolences on the grief suffered by all Armenia’s who remember the victims of the Genocide. The Canadian foreign ministry official vowed to work in broadening the lines of communication with Armenia and the Canadian Armenian community.

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