Oskanian Reacts to UN Rwanda Exhibit Postponement

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–It is not enough that the Government of Turkey thinks it can hide its history from its own people. Now, they have taken their campaign of cover-up and distortion to such lengths that they will prevent an exhibition on Genocide entitled "Lessons from Rwanda, " Armenian foreign minister Vartan Oskanian said in response to the postponement of a UN exhibition on Rwanda Genocide. This UK-based AEGIS Trust NGO-sponsored exhibition on the horrors of Rwanda, at the United Nations in New York, was postponed because the Turks objected to a sentence that refers to Armenia’s being killed and to Raphael Lemkin’s conclusion that such large-scale and pre-meditated slaughter amounted to Genocide. Raphael Lemkin’s work is part of the international record, and of world history. It is unacceptable that a UN member-state, committed to world peace, dares to export such intolerance to the United Nations. Armenia cannot accept that the history of the world, the current experiences of suffering of the people of Rwanda, of Darfur, and Armenia’s’ memories of injustice are subjected to such callous, cynical dismissal. It is ironic and shameful that this Turkish-led postponement should befall an event which was to provide lessons on how to respect human rights and prevent genocides. Instead, the lesson here is one of total disrespect for history and memory, Oskanians statement said.

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