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 Lord McCluskey Lord McCluskey Crossbench 11:07 am, 14th July 2005

My Lords, I speak as one who supports Turkey's application to join the European Union. However, do Her Majesty's Government recognise that the conduct of modern Turkey dismays many who support the application to join and creates real obstacles to its success? I refer: first, to its refusal to acknowledge the fact of the massacre of more than a million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire; secondly, to its enactment of the provision to which the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer, referred—Article 305 of the Turkish penal code making journalists and others liable to criminal prosecution for using the word "genocide" in Turkey; and, thirdly, to the continuation of the blockade that has been referred to.