Canada ANC Calls on Government to Educate Diplomats about Genocide Policy

OTTAWA—The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) supports Jim Karygiannis’ call for an investigation into actions by Canadian Ambassador to Turkey Mark Bailey’s efforts to promote the Turkish government’s denial of the Armenian Genocide.

In March 2011, Ambassador Bailey met with Senator Nancy Ruth and, according to a trip report filed by Senator Ruth, asked her to work with other Senators to “drop the speeches on Armenian Genocide Day” as they were “an impediment to [Canada’s] relations with Turkey”.

The Armenian Genocide has been recognized by the Senate, the House of Commons and the Government of Canada as a historical fact and an unpunished crime. The Senate stated that the Government of Canada should “…condemn any attempt to deny or distort any historical truth as being anything less than a genocide, a crime against humanity.”

The ANCC calls upon the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure that all Canadian diplomats are aware of Canada’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and to educate diplomats on their clear responsibility to promote Canadian interests abroad and combat genocide denial.

Dr. Girair Basmadjian, ANCC President stated “While we respect Ambassador Bailey’s dedicated and able service to Canada, he has a duty as our representative abroad to promote our government’s policies and to combat denial of the Armenian Genocide. He should not be lobbying to have Canada adopt Turkey’s denialist stance. Instead Ambassador Bailey should be lobbying Turkey to accept the historical truth of the Armenian Genocide.”

The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.


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  1. zareh said:

    Stop wasting your time with the diplomats. Every single diplomat around the globe knows very well about the Armenian Genocide. They have secured their income from the Turkish Embassies around the world to make the Genocide an issue of history and debate, just like they are told to do by the Erdogan’s Islamofacist regime.
    Had the West prevented the Genocide and implemented the Treaty of Sevres there would have been the largest Christian nation in the Middle East with a population of fifty million people. A nation which would have been a beacon of democracy and a defender of human rights all across the Middle East and a bastion of freedom and liberty. No wonder the West is in decline having leaders like Obama and Hillary.

    • bigmoustache said:

      then why cant we do it now? its nice to imagine that with big land democracy would come, but thats not going to happen unless armenians get serious about it. we need action from the ARF.
      but what a body of water would do for armenia is provide more food, more water, economy from fishing industry and tourism. as long as we keep the idea in mind, when the time comes to act well know what to do.