Argentina

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Argentina has an important Armenian community, mainly based in Buenos Aires. Tennis pro David Nalbandian is probably the most famous Argentinian-Armenian, but there are also Eduardo Eurnekian and Alex Yemenidjian.

Turkey Slams Argentine Ruling On Armenian Genocide

Turkey condemned on Monday an Argentine judge’s ruling that it committed genocide against Armenians around the time of World War I.

Judge Norberto Oyarbide ruled Friday that “the Turkish state committed the crime of genocide against the Armenian people” between 1915 and 1923.

The verdict was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2000 by Gregorio Hayrapetian, an Argentine citizen of Armenian descent. Hayrapetian sought judgment on the fate of his relatives killed during the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

According to the Associated Press news agency, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the ruling is an example of how legal systems are abused by “extreme nationalists” belonging to the Armenian Diaspora. The ministry said the decision was based on unserious accusations and it destabilizes Turkey’s efforts to mend ties with Armenia.

By contrast, Armenia’s ambassador to Argentina, welcomed the ruling on Saturday, saying that the Argentine judge upheld “the right to the truth.”

Argentina, which has an influential ethnic Armenian community, is one of about two dozen nations that have officially termed killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. Many international experts also recognize the Armenian genocide.

Turkey, however, maintains far fewer died than claimed and any deaths were instead due to civil war and unrest.

ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY COMMENDS ARGENTINA'S SENATE FOR RECONFIRMING GENOCIDE CONDEMNING STATEMENT

YEREVAN, AUGUST 22, 2005 ARMENPRESS: Armenian foreign ministry commended today Argentina's National Senate for its July 27 resolution that came to reconfirm its previous resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide committed by the government of the Ottoman Turkey at the beginning of the 20-th century.

Armenian foreign ministry said the July 27 resolution was the second such resolution passed by the National Senate in 2005 coming after last April 20 statement that condemned Turkish authorities for their consistent denial of the genocide.

The April 20 statement was retaliated by a Turkish note of protest that described it as "irresponsible, " but on May 5 the Turkish note was rejected by Argentina's lawmakers who said it was 'groundless."


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MINISTER OF FOREIGN RELATIONS OF ARGENTINA TO ARRIVE IN ARMENIA ON OFFICIAL VISIT, ON AUGUST 29

YEREVAN, AUGUST 26, NOYAN TAPAN. The official visit of Rafael Bielsa, the Minister of Foreign Relations, International Trade and Worship of the Republic of Argentina will take place on August 29-31. Noyan Tapan was informed about this by the RA Foreign Ministry's Press and Information Department. Minister R.Bielsa's meetings with the RA President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Catholicos of All Armenians are envisaged during the meeting. Within the framework of the visit, the Argentinian Minister will visit the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and school "Republic of Argentina."


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ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR TO ARGENTINA COMPLETING MISSION

Pan Armenian 07.12.2005 23:03 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ December 5 Argentinean Vice-president, Senate President Daniel Scioli met with the Armenian Ambassador to Argentina Ara Ayvazyan, who is completing his diplomatic mission, reported the RA MFA press center.

The parties referred to bilateral relations. The Argentinean Vice-president assessed highly the development of relations between Armenia and Argentina and voiced readiness to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, especially in establishing interparliamentary ties.


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Armenian community of Argentina condemns Turkish Ambassador statements

Prensa Armenia Armenia 1366, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: (5411) 4775-7595 Email: prensa@diarioarmenia.org.ar Web: http://www.diarioarmenia.org.ar


Armenian community of Argentina condemns Turkish Ambassador statements

BUENOS AIRES (Diario ARMENIA).- Different voices of the Armenian community rejected the statements made by Turkish Ambassador in Argentina, Taner Karakas, in a letter to Clarín, the largest newspaper in the country, on September 13 , where he raised his `disagreement' with an article on August 26 entitled `El otro genocidio: el armenio'.

Karakas spoke of `a serious confrontation between the collective memories of Turkish and Armenian sides' and said that Turkey does not deny the suffering of the Armenians , `but we are opposed to relying solely on the Armenian national narrative and the presentation of the tragic events of 1915 as genocide perpetrated by one side against the other, which does not take into account the Turkish losses'. He also said it was ethically wrong, for both Turks and Jews, `to draw an analogy between the Holocaust and the events of 1915, on which there is a historical controversy'.

The composer, musicologist and director Alicia Terzian was ironically surprised that `the Turkish ambassador informed me: `Alicia, your father, mother and grandmother told you a fictitious story, because there was only one genocide on the twentieth century: the Holocaust.

Dr. León Carlos Arslanián said that `the term genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin on the basis of the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian people and their contributions formed the cornerstone of what became the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) and the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (1998-2002) whose common definitions characterize precisely the facts which constitute genocide'.

In this regard, Vice President of the Socialist International and member of the World Armenian National Committee Mario Nalpatian said that `it is ironic for the representative of a genocidal State to appeal to ethics. The Turkish state and its ambassador to Argentina lack the moral authority and credibility to minimize and trivialize the 'national narrative of Armenia ' ignoring the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the UN in 1985 , European Parliament in 1987, the Mercosur Parliament in 2009 and dozens of national parliaments'.

`The distortion of words can't hide a historic and proven fact by numerous independent sources: the genocide suffered by the Armenians by the hands of Turks' reaffirmed sociologist and director of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University di Tella , Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Representative of the Armenian National Committee of Buenos Aires Carolina Karagueuzian added that `Argentina's Congress passed Law 26.199 in 2007 that established April 24 as the 'Day of Action for Tolerance and Respect among Peoples' to commemorate the Armenian Genocide', and criticized the `historical controversy' raised by the Ambassador. `It's the Turkish government which unilaterally maintains that `controversy.

Original article : http://www.clarin.com/sociedad/mundos-intimos/genocidio-armenio_0_981502146.html

Turkish Ambassador letter : http://www.clarin.com/opinion/Vivimos-pais-arreglate-puedas_0_992300836.html




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