Memorial Day for Victims of Assyrian Genocide Marked

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Assyrian genocide is observed on August 7. Their largest scaled genocide took place from 1914 to 1918–when 750,000 Assyrians were slaughtered in the Ottoman Empire. In 1933 about 250,000 Assyrians were slaughtered in the vicinity of Shemel.

Chairwoman of the Assyrian Youth Center Ashur Irina Gasparian said that the issue of recognition of the Assyrian genocide is being raised all over the world. Conferences discussing this issue for the first time have been held in Sydney–Australia and San Jose–Calif. A committee for the recognition of the Assyrian genocide has been set up in Europe–which includes Assyrians residing in Armenia. Over a dozen of Assyrian organizations adopted a Declaration on cooperation with similar Armenian organizations–such as Hay Dat. In that connection–a petition was presented to Armenian authorities. Gasparian pointed out that Assyrians residing in Armenia pin their hopes not foreign organizations–but in Armenia–whose government meets Assyrians halfway in preserving their native language and national culture. She laid special emphasis on the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia on the allotment of out-of-competition seats at the Yerevan State University for ethnic Assyrians–as well as the establishment of a council for the preservation of the Assyrian language.

"I think that Assyrians–Armenia’s and Greeks must unite in getting their genocides recognized–and the Armenian state will take a step towards the recognition of the Assyrian genocide," Gasparian said.

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