New Motion Submitted by Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North Labour MP - 30 April 2004
Submitted as a new Early Day Motion (EDM) entitled 'ARMENIA' on 30 April 2004.
EDM 1104 states: "That this House recognises that the extermination of over a million Armenians in 1915 was an act of genocide; calls upon Her Majesty's Government to recognise it as such and for the government of Turkey to do the same; and expresses its condolences to the descendants of those who were so brutally murdered at that time."
To date, this EDM has garnered 34 signatures from different MP's. Many more signatures from other MP's are necessary to make any noticeable difference.
Many more signatures from MP's are needed to outdo the 61 signatures obtained last year. Although this EDM would not have any enforceable or binding legislative authority, it would be a persuasive argument toward the levels of support for recognition of the Armenian Genocide in England. As you may well recall, CRAG led a concerted campaign last year, and used a format / text / letter that was addressed by Armenians AND non-Armenians IN THE UK to their own constituency MP's urging them to sign the EDM.
Having just commemorated the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and having heard Peter Balakian,Tigran Sarukhanyan and others talk about the reality of this genocide, CRAG wish to do the same thing again this year.
SO WOULD YOU WRITE TO YOUR MP NOW TO SUPPORT THIS MOTION CLICK HERE TO READ TEXT TO YOUR MP AS PROPOSED BY CRAG Feel free to change or personalise the letter, but send it as soon as possible.
And if you wish to follow the future progress of this EDM 1104, or to read about any other topic relating to the Armenian Genocide directly or to Armenian matters in general, you can log on the wholistic website at www.accc.org.uk. Also, the original CRAG website is currently being revamped, but you can still log on for the purposes of reference on www.24april.org. Would you - whether you are Armenian or not - take five minutes of your time, and spend no more than a second-class stamp, to support this campaign for EDM 1104?