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CRAG E-Alert - 11 August 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

CRAG LETTER to LORD TRIESMAN

Some of you might be aware of the debate in the House of Lords on 14 July 2005 on the theme of the 'Armenian Massacres of 1915'.

This debate was published in the Lords Hansard, and you can read the full transcript on the CRAG website on www.crag.org.uk, or by logging directly on the web-link of the particular page at: http://www.crag.org.uk/news/news31.html

Yesterday, the Chair of CRAG addressed an official reply to Lord Triesman, and our letter will also be posted soon on the same link in the next few days - with thanks to the Webmaster.

The CRAG letter strongly disputed the claims made by Lord Triesman that no 'state of intent' could be shown with regard to the Armenian massacres, and therefore it did not qualify under the provisions of the UN Convention on Genocide of 1948.

We will keep you apprised of any response from Lord Triesman.

CANADIAN WEBSITE on the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

You might be interested to have a look at a Canadian website on the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at: http://www.ctv.ca/generic/WebSpecials/armenian_genocide

Also note the introduction to the site by Professor Amir Hassanpour of the University of Toronto.

This web-link joins the other 36 web-links that are provided for you by the CRAG website on our site. Just click at: http://www.crag.org.uk/other/links.html

CRAG REPORT & COMMEMORATIVE UPDATES

(i) At long last, and after an absence of many months, the CRAG Report will come out again in September 2005. The fresh issue will cover the CRAG-based 90th anniversary commemorative events of the past seven months.

It will also list the many events that are planned for the next four months of 2005 - talks, vigils, memorial services ...

(ii) Also note that the Ealing Gazette is publishing an article on the Armenian Genocide - most likely to come out on Friday, 19 August 2005. So get a copy and have a read to find out how they represented the issue and interviews with Armenians.

(iii) Do not forget to sign the pan-Armenian Petition on the Armenian Genocide. You can do so by logging on the CRAG website, downloading the page, signing it (with address) and sending it to CRAG. The direct weblink is at: http://www.crag.org.uk/90thcom/petition.html

Or else, you can ask a friend for a copy of the form, or perhaps sign it at St Sarkis / St Yeghiche Armenian Churches if you plan to be there this Sunday for Sourp Asdvadzadzin.

Alternatively, you can also log on the ACCC website at www.accc.org.uk and get the form from there too.

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