Premier Carr Meets European Armenian Community Leader

SYDNEY (EAFJD)–The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) Bob Carr on Tuesday met with Chair of the European Armenian Federation of Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) Hilda Tchoboian–who is visiting the city to participate in local commemorations marking the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

Carr was joined by the Chair of the Community Relations Commission–Stepan Kerkyasharian–and Chair of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee–Dr. Tro Kortian.

Discussions focused on commemoration activities for the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and issues affecting the Armenian community.

"I welcome Tchoboian’s visit to Australia and heightening awareness of the Armenian genocide," Carr said. "I join with the Armenian Australian community in marking this year’s important anniversary–and the call for justice–acknowledgement and remembrance."

The Federation aims to act as a link and advocate between European Institutions and the Armenian communities through the European Union; provide a better understanding of Armenian related political and strategic issues to the European Union; and foster the European Union’s values of tolerance and dialogue in Armenian related issues.

Since 2000–Tchoboian has been a consultant to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. She is also the President of the Govcas Center for Law and Conflict Resolution and publisher of the "Govcas Bulletin".

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