29 March 2006

Newsletter of the Armenian National Committee - Middle East chapter

Azad-Hye, Dubai, 29 March 2006: After starting a website earlier this year, the Middle East chapter of the Armenian National Committee started to circulate a newsletter in Arabic language.

The first issue of the newsletter, dated 21 March 2006, has already reached the mailbox of thousands of individuals in Arabic countries. It aims at updating Arabic language speakers about the developments related to Armenia and the Armenians, especially the course of the Genocide recognition worldwide. The publication is important also for certain number of Armenians living in the Middle East, who use Arabic as mode of communication.

The Arab public who has witnessed the arrival of the Armenians into the Middle East and has shared with them decades of political, social and economic experience, needs to know more about this group of people, who are struggling for full acknowledgment of their plight. The Arabs, who are in majority Muslims, have welcomed the Armenian refugees during WWI. This is an important indication that the Genocide against the Armenians did not have religious motivation.

The first issue of the newsletter has 4 pages, half of which is devoted to the unfortunate news of the destruction of the Julfa Armenian historical cemetery in Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan).

Other subjects in the newsletter:

- Turks organize anti-Armenian demonstrations in Paris

- Turkey has only two years ahead to comply with the political criteria of the European Union.

- Request for equal US military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan.

- The Committee for Defending the Armenian Cause meets the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Lebanon

Below is the complete text of this last piece of news related to the UAE:

“Beirut: 17/3/2006 - A delegation of the Committee for Defending the Armenian Cause meets the Ambassador of UAE in Lebanon His Excellency Mohammad Sultan Seif Sweidi.

During the meeting the anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan was exposed, a policy that reached to an extreme point through the destruction of the Armenian archaeological and cultural monuments in Julfa (Nakhichevan). The Karabag problem was another topic of discussion. The delegation pointed to the anti-Armenian policy of both Azerbaijan and Turkey regarding this issue, which is manifested through the rejection of any peaceful solution in the area, which gives the Armenians the right for self-determination.

The UAE Ambassador promised to follow up this issue with his government. He referred to the friendly Armenian – Emirati relations and the policy of openness adopted by his country, without discrimination towards nations and religions.

The Committee had paid similar visits in the past to the Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, the European Union, Netherlands, Vatican and Egypt."

Website of the Committee: www.ancme.org

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