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CRAG E-Alert - 1 April 2005

*** 90th Anniversary Commemorative Events & Petition ***

Log on the CRAG homepage, and you can update yourself with the latest news & events, as well as read the highlights of commemorative events in England, Wales and Scotland (including those on 20, 22 & 24 April) that have been put together by the 90th Anniversary Committee for 2005.

Given the consensus reached by all Armenian parties to work together toward the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2005, it is hoped that many people will lend their support to those events.

You can also do so by logging directly on this weblink -

Also on the CRAG website is the PETITION for your signatures. The aim is to gather as many signatures as possible, and submit it to Parliament end-2005.

Those invited to sign this petition are British men and women (whether Armenian or not), and you are kindly requested to download the pdf format, sign it (with your coordinates) and send it to the CRAG office at:

P O Box 38683, London W13 8WP

The larger the number of signatures, the greater the impact. Thanks!

*** Talk by HRANT DINK ***

Reminder of the talk by Hrant Dink, Managing Editor of Agos, the Armenian Turkish language weekly, in Istanbul.

Hrant Dink will speak about the Armenian communities of Istanbul, his experience as Editor / proprietor of his Armenian newspaper, improved relations with Turkish media, questions relating to the accession of Turkey to EU and future plans.

Wednesday, 6 April 2005 at 7:30 pm - Lecture Hall, Kensington Central Library - 12 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX

To buy your ticket, or for further information - contact

*** Spring Remembrance Concert ***

Wigmore Hall - 11 April 2005, at 7.30pm -

The Spring Remembrance Concert this year will be with the participation of renowned tenor Gegham Grigorian,(Kirov Opera), soprano Asmik Grigorian and the highly talented ConTempo string quartet.

The strings programme includes compositions by Shostakovitch and Bartok, and the vocal repertoire encompasses a selection of operatic arias from Puccini's Turandot and Madam Butterfly, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Bellini's Norma, and Verdi's Otello and Traviatta - followed by Armenian folk-inspired melody works of Komitas.

*** EDM 642 on The Armenian Genocide ***

Reference the Early Day Motion (EDM) 642 entitled 'RECOGNITION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE, 1915'.

Along with Robert Wareing as the primary sponsor, this EDM 642 has garnered 48 signatures to date. You can always check whether your MP has signed this EDM by logging on -

Are you lobbying your own MP? If you need any ideas, have a read of the CRAG d-base e-alert of 15 March 2005 or log on the ACCC and CRAG websites for a suggested draft text for your MP (as well as other news).

*** Pastor Shocks Turkish TV Viewers on Armenian Genocide ***

As we approach 24 April 2005, the symbolic date for the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, news items abound about the Armenian Genocide. This year, there is also the added impact of the 90th anniversary and the impetus of Turkey's negotiations for possible EU membership.

You can read them daily on ANN/GROONG at -

However, one story amongst many stood out recently. It relates to a live TV interview by Rev Krikor Aghabaloghlu, an Armenian evangelical pastor. Read the story by logging on:


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