Norway’s Council of Kragero Recognizes Genocide

LONDON–A delegation representing the city of Kragero, Norway, including Mayor Laland and Deputy Mayor Jensen made a historic declaration at a special event on Dec. 3 ratified unanimously by all members of their City’s Council–across all parties–stating that "the atrocities the Armenian people were subjected to must be considered as Genocide". The event was organized by the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide, a British-Armenian group working for international recognition of the Genocide. The delegation traveled to London specifically to announce the council’s declaration for the first time in one the world’s leading capitals. The Norwegian city of Kragero unveiled a statue honoring Bodil Catharina Biorn, who spent 30 years of her life providing relief to the Armenia’s of Turkey before, during and after the Armenian Genocide and who had witnessed the Genocide personally including the killing of almost all of the children in a Children’s Home in Mush in Turkey. The statue was unveiled on May 29 2005. The event began with welcoming remarks by Charles Malas of CRAG, followed by remarks by Ara Palamoutian, chairman of the British Armenian Community Council. Mayor Laland and Deputy Mayor Jensen then made a presentation, made the official declaration and presented a copy of the proclamation to CRAG.

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