Symposium co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and
the Organizing Committee of the Congress of Western Armenians
Conference on the Armenian Genocide
Berkeley, 2 October 2011
Dear Professor Astourian,
Assistant Secretary General Seraydarian,
Professor Kevorkian, Ladies and gentlemen,
The historicity of the systematic discrimination, persecution, deportation and murder of a million and a half Armenians 1915-1923 is well established and generally recognized as constituting the first genocide of the Twentieth Century. These persecutions and massacres had a pre-history of abuse characterized by the massacres of some 200,000 Armenians in 1894-96 and by the subsequent Adana massacres of 1909 that claimed a further 30,000 innocent lives.
Sponsored and organized by AGBU Manuel Keusseyan Armenological Lecture Series, Armenian Women’s Association of Canada, Nakhijevan Institute and Keghart.com.
STATEMENT OF DR. SERAYDARIAN ON MARCH 19, 2011
- In few weeks we will commemorate once again the 24th of April. Once again we will be talking to ourselves. On the day after we will have a good conscience having completed a national duty and having paid respect to our victims. Once again we would have insisted that there was a genocide. Was it to convince the international community, the republic of Turkey, the Turkish people or perhaps ourselves?