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CRAG E-Alert - 24 May 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

SYMPOSIUM & MEMORIAL SERVICE in EDINBURGH

Big thanks to the Scottish CRAG Committee and to all those who helped with both the Symposium and Memorial Service in Scotland on 20 and 22 May 2005 respectively. Both events attracted good attendance from politicians, academics, students and churches.

The Chair of the Symposium, Lead Councillor D Anderson, led the efforts of the whole weekend in his clear denunciation of denial, and the speakers at the symposium focused on the historical, personal and legal / political ramifications of the Armenian Genocide.

CRAG also welcomed Ambassador V Gabrielyan who made the concluding remarks and observations at the symposium.

The Memorial Service was presided over by Bishop N Hovhannisian, and assisted by Deacon A Terteryan. The ecumenical nature of the evening was marked by the co-presence of the Episcopal Bishop in Edinburgh, the Ecumenical Officer of the diocese of Edinburgh, the Archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Coordinator of Churches Together for Edinburgh.

Many thanks also to the supporters from Scotland & Manchester!

The photos of the Symposium will be posted shortly, but here is the weblink for some of the photos from the Memorial Service:

CTE website: www.edinburghchurches.org.uk Direct link: homepage.mac.com/bungie/PhotoAlbum27.html

Log on the CRAG website for those links - and many other items.

POSSIBLE READING MATERIAL

'March to remember the dead', an article in the 'Ealing Leader' on 29th April by Jane Harrison about the March of 24 April 2005

The front page of the Turkish 'Britanya Express' newspaper (issue 66, 28 April 2005) that has an article & photo of the March?

Have you managed read or have a look at the following:

1) Shame on Israel and Turkey for desecrating Yad Vashem Intermountain Jewish News on 6th May at: www.ijn.com/

2) Turkey, Armenia, and the burden of memory

Article by Charles Tannock, Chairman of the European Parliament's Human Rights Committee, in the Pakistani Daily Times on 21st May: www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_20-5-2005_pg3_4

3) Turkey's Memory Lapse: Armenian Genocide Plagues Ankara 90 Years On, by Bernhard Zand in Der Spiegel: service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,353274,00.html

4) The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians by Donald Bloxham on www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-927356-1

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