Thursday, November 22, 2007

South American Coalition Condemns and Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

22 Nov 2007

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay--The parliament of a South American Coalition representing several countries of the continent, known as MERCOSUR Monday adopted a resolution recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of South America.

MERCOSUR, which is a trade organization representing Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay condemned the “Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, which took 1.5 million lives from 1915 to 1923.”

The MERCOSUR resolution also expressed its support for the Armenian Cause and called on all countries to recognize the Genocide.

The resolution was introduced by the representatives of Argentina and Uruguay, and after approval by the Human Rights Committee, was approved by the entire MERCOSUR parliament.

MERCOSU member states Argentina and Uruguay have already recognized the Genocide, followed this year by another South American nation, Chile.

The Armenian Genocide was carried out by the "Young Turk" government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1916 (with subsidiaries to 1922-23). One and a half million Armenians were killed, out of a total of two and a half million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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