Armenian Massacres of 1915

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:07 am on 14th July 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Cox Baroness Cox Crossbench 11:07 am, 14th July 2005

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. Does he agree that every unrecognised genocide encourages other potential genocides, as shown by Hitler's infamous statement before invading Poland: "Who today speaks of the Armenians?"?

The testimony of respected contemporary witnesses shows that the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians by Turkey would certainly fit the contemporary definition of genocide. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that their refusal to acknowledge this does not give implicit encouragement to other perpetrators of would-be genocides or, indeed, inhibit Turkey from recognising this, which is a precondition for healing and reconciliation?