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CRAG E-Alert - 18 August 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

City Leader Sparks Row by Backing Claim of Genocide

An article in the Edinburgh Evening News of 16 August 2005 refers to the ongoing efforts by CRAG to pass a Motion for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the City Council of Edinburgh.

As our friends & supporters would recall, the arguments for and against the Motion were meant to be heard on 30 June 2005. But the Council postponed the date until 17 November 2005.

The co-ordination for those efforts is being headed by Dr Hagop Bessos, Chair of CRAG / SCC in Edinburgh, with the full support of the Edinburgh team, Dr Donald Bloxham and CRAG / London.

Further procedural details will come your way about the Motion day next month, but you can read the article in the Edinburgh Evening News on our CRAG web-link at: http://www.crag.org.uk/90thcom/90anniv11.html

Ealing Gazette Article

In a CRAG d-base e-alert on 11 August 2005, we indicated a likelihood that an article on the Armenian Genocide in the Ealing Gazette (London) would come out this week. The article is based in part on interviews.

However, the editor of the Gazette has informed CRAG that the article will now be published in September - and CRAG will inform you also of the date / week once we receive confirmation.

Amnesty International (UK)

Our readers might be interested in reading the detailed Memorandum on Amnesty International's recommendations to the Government of Turkey to address its human rights violations.

This Memorandum, (AI Index: EUR 44/027/2005, of 1 August 2005), covers many salient points (such as Freedom of Expression and problems with the TPC [point 7], and Minority Rights & Discrimination [point 8]).

Highlights are also in boldface for ease of reference.

We encourage you to have a look at this document by logging on:

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGEUR440272005?open&of=ENG-TUR

Cilicia docks in Portsmouth

The Armenian Community and Church Council (ACCC) was informed that CILICIA docks at Portsmouth on Saturday, 20th August, 11:00 am. Representatives from the ACCC, as well as other dignitaries, will be at Portsmouth to greet the boat and its crew. The ACCC has issued a message in which it encourages people to travel to Portsmouth and welcome the boat on this marking day. For more details, log on the ACCC website at: www.accc.org.uk

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