MONTREAL, QUE. – On the occasion of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide AHEPA Canada calls on the Government of the Turkish Republic to recognize what the overwhelming majority of historians and academic institutions on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, including the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) agree, that the massacres and forced deportations of Armenian, Pontian and Anatolian Greeks, Assyrians, Syriacs and other Christians constitutes a Genocide against these people.
AHEPA Canada also calls on the Government of the Turkish Republic to allow Turkish scholars and journalists the freedom to research and publish their findings on the historical events and engage in an open public debate free of threats and intimidation, for we believe that the Turkish people possess the maturity and desire to accept the facts, make amends and move forward toward reconciliation, friendship and cooperation.
The path towards forgiveness and reconciliation can only begin by accepting the truth and taking responsibility for our actions. This is the only way to build lasting friendships and ensure that past mistakes are not repeated in the future.
We join with the Armenian community of Canada in remembrance of those individuals that perished during the Armenian Genocide, while also remembering the slaughter of all Christian minorities during that time period, including the Pontian and Anatolian Greeks. May their memories be eternal.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ken Matziorinis, 514-884-6962