Bennelong–More than 2000 members of the Armenian-Australian community gathered in Eastwood Park in the Australian Federal seat of Bennelong to call upon the Government of Australia to formally and unanimously recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National Committee of Australia reports.
The Armenian-Australian community was joined by long time supporters Senior Cabinet Minister Joe Hockey, Member of Parliament Gladys Berejiklian, City of Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch, Deputy Mayor Sarkis Yedelian and Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, who each reaffirmed their commitment to advocate awareness of genocide as a measure to prevent the repetition of such crimes against humanity.
Mayor Petch made an especially powerful statement declaring: "If the United States Congress Foreign Relations Committee can recognize it; if the New South Wales State Parliament can recognize it; if Ryde Council can recognize it, then the Australian Federal Parliament should also recognize it."
"The event demonstrated the Armenian-Australian community’s united will in having Australia join the growing list of nations that have officially come to recognize the 1915 massacres of the 1.5 million Armenia’s as genocide," said ANC Australia President Varant Meguerditchian.
"Armenian-Australians would take into consideration the statemen’s made by politicians and candidates regarding recognition of the Armenian Genocide when voting at the upcoming federal election," said Meguerditchian, noting that there is an estimated 4000 Armenia’s residing in the Federal seat of Bennelong and more throughout the country.