British Parliamentarian Uses The Word Genocide for First Time

Welsh Secretary of State Paul Murphy

CARDIFF, Wales (ArmRadio)–The United Kingdom has condemned the desecration of the Armenian Genocide monument in Wales, which occurred early this year.
In response to a complaint issued to Member of Parliament David Burrows, by the UK Armenian Community, Welsh Secretary of State Paul Murphy said the desecration of the Memorial in Cardiff on January 27 was very distressing for the Government.
"I wholeheartedly condemn this violent act of desecration," he exclaimed.
Murphy, who was speaking on behalf of the Government, condemned the monument’s desecration, noting that yet another example of how "we all" must stand united and firm against "racism, violence and hatred."
"This attack, like many similar crimes, is often unprovoked and undertaken under the cover of darkness," he said. "I hope that when the persons are caught and prosecuted for this crime, this will go some way to easing the pain and distress that has been caused by this terrible act."
"In the past government ministers have made strenuous efforts to avoid using the phrase Armenian Genocide," explained a spokesman for Armenian Solidarity, a community organization in Wales. "This is a very significant development."

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