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Media Watch 2007

27 April 2007
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 27 April 2007.
NEVER AGAIN
"More than 90 years after the first genocide of the 20th century, Armenians still remember the loss of more than 1.5m of their ancestors who were massacred by the Turks or perished in forced marches into the desert."

" More than 90 years after the first genocide of the 20th century, Armenians still remember the loss of more than 1.5m of their ancestors who were massacred by the Turks or perished in forced marches into the desert.

Today the proud descendants of a brave race that dared to adopt Christianity as a national religion when others didn’t, is determined that never again will they allow themselves to be subjected to genocide.

The bitter struggle for self-determination by 140,000 men and women of Nagorno Karabakh against the military might of Azerbaijan, backed to the hilt by Turkey, has proved that.

However, things do not appear to change and some oil-hungry ‘civilised’ countries will not admit that a vile crime against humanity – namely genocide – was committed by their ally.

One of the latest denials of convenience came from US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and CIA chief Robert Gates, who contended that the security of the US would be at risk because it is an ‘incredibly sensitive issue’ for Turkey.

They warned American lawmakers of repercussions.

This follows shortly after the American Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, was unceremoniously sacked for daring to call the massacre a genocide.

Only last month, Turkey staged a parody, the official ‘reopening’ of the historic church of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar Island in Lake Van.

Even the name was deliberately distorted to Ak Damar in order to sound Turkish.

It was draped in a giant picture of Mustafa Kemal Attaturk and equally large Turkish flags, but no cross on the dome as Turkey’s Minister of Culture, Atilla Koc, declared it a museum of Anatolian culture. Under Turkish law, prayers are forbidden in museums.

Within yards of the island of Akhtamar is arguably the ‘largest depository’ of thousands of priceless mediaeval Armenian khatchkars, exquisitely sculpted stone crosses, collected from Armenian churchyards and dumped in Lake Van, once the centre of ancient Armenian culture.

The genocide of the Armenians was followed by the Jewish holocaust and genocides in Rwanda and Darfur.

No wonder the Armenians are bitter after more than 90 years.

But they have vowed; Never Again."