Armenia Solidarity-Nor Serount Cultural Association
c/o The Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff
firstname.lastname@example.org. 00 44 7718982732
The following letter was sent this week to Labour Party Members of the
the pressure on the British Prime Minister e-mail address :
email@example.com -(with a copy also to Armenia Solidarity)
Some are of the opinion that time is running out for Labour. That may
or may not be so, but we ask you to consider an issue of infinitely more
importance. The present Labour administration guided by the Presbyterian
conscience of Gordon Brown has the opportunity to leave an everlasting
legacy to the world.
As Turkey's closest ally, and her only hope of opening the door of
entry into the EU, Britain has a leverage which she still hesitates to
use. To collude with Turkey's denial of the 1915-22 Genocide by fully
supporting her distortions of history and remaining silent on her
present cultural Genocide of her minorities is certainly something which
few who possess an ethical framework to their beliefs can tolerate.
This bizarre state of affairs was exemplified this week when the
Church of Scotland General Assembly passed a motion calling on the UK
Government to recognise the Armenian Genocide. The Prime Minister, a
member of the Church, was present at the General Assembly. The
government has nothing to lose by taking on board this request because
Britain's support for Turkey's EU candidature will far outweigh her
position on the truth of the Genocide in her long-term diplomatic
relationship with Turkey!
Successive UK governments have let this issue pass in the hope that
it will be consigned to oblivion after the centenary. The fact that it
happened so long ago should now make it easier for Britain to recognise
a self-evident truth which now stares at us in the face and is a sore
blot on our so called "ethical" foreign policy.
Successive UK governments have consistently stood side by side with
the Turkish State in her persecution of the brave souls who have dared
to mention the Genocide and have faced prosecution. The repeal of
Article 301 will be no solution at all. The wake-up call that Turkey
desperately needs is her closest ally having the courage to go public on
this issue which will otherwise continue to fester for years to come
If the Conservative Party are returned to power in two years time we
frankly have no hope in hell of seeing the day come when the British
government will deal with this issue. It has to be now or never as time
is also running out for Armenia.
I appeal to you to persuade the Prime Minister to end his shameful
denial of this truth (as exemplified by his reply to an on-line petition
in November) The fact that he is the only UK based historian to hold
this denialist view must be a matter of extreme embarrassment. I
understand Mr Jim Murphy, the Minister for Europe, is looking at the
issue afresh. I request that you approach Mr Murphy for a final decision
on the issue.
You may also assist this persuasion by signing Andrew Dismore's EDM 797
on the Genocide,
In parliament back in 1915, Robert Cecil of the Foreign Office,
representing the government, admitted that these were the worst
massacres ever committed by a government.He also said that these
massacres were premeditated, and that no Armenian revolt had taken place
The Prime Minister is isolated amongst UK -based historians; he is
isolated amongst the Members of his own Church and he is isolated
amongst past UK Leaders who recognised that a Holocaust had occurred
(David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill).
To hesitate to grapple with this moral problem for fear of harming
perceived British financial interests seems symptomatic of indecision,
lack of courage, and indeed of moral decay.
Nor Serount Cultural Association
c/o The Temple of Peace, Cardiff
UK government advisory body agrees to the validity of the name "Armenia"
In response to an enquiry from Armenia Solidarity, a reply received
this week from Paul Woodman on behalf of the "Permanent Committee on
Geographical Names" (a British government advisory body ) contains
agreement on the validity of using Armenia and Armenian Highland to
describe an extensive part of present Eastern Turkey..
His reply contains the following statement:
"There is therefore absolutely no problem in showing the Armenian
Highland should a cartographic editor wish to do so, and we would
support such an inclusion wholeheartedly. It is a standard English
conventional name for an established feature. If it does not appear on
the maps where you might expect to see it, it is not necessarily for
some political reason but more straightforwardly because of the
unresolved question concerning its extent. It clearly relates to
present-day Turkey and Armenia (where it is Haykakan Lerrnashkharh), but
some authors ascribe it further eastward into Azerbaijan and Iran as
well, to encompass the three great lakes of Van, Sevan and Urmia. It is
therefore something of a locational headache for a cartographic
"Your application of the name "Armenia" remains absolutely valid in its
own cultural-historical context."
Armenia Solidarity / Nor Serount Cultural Association have been in
consultation on this issue with the scholar Rouben Gallichian, who has
traced the gradual disappearance of Armenia from Western maps from 1923
onwards, and the disappearance of Armenia from Turkish maps from the mid
nineteenth century. His work and this new statement will be presented to
the UK government.
The Permanent Committee for Geographical Names is situated at the Royal
It is an independent inter-departmental body which was established in
1919.Its web-site is www.pgcn.org.uk.
The original request was as follows: