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RAG MAMOUL an ADLP PUBLICATION Official Organ of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party Article of the Day


News from Armenia In St. Gayane Church United Prayer Will Be Held For Restoration Of Peace In Syria (See on page 3)

Diaspora News Beirut, Lebanon Agbu-Aya “Arin” Dance Troupe’s Juniors on Stage (See on page 4)

By HARUT SASSOUNIAN While it is not surprising to learn that Turkey and the United States have coordinated their official declarations on the Armenian Genocide, recent revelations have confirmed their shameful behind-the-scenes schemes. In a speech delivered in Australia late last year, former US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans revealed for the first time that the State Department regularly conferred with the Turkish Embassy in Washington on the content of the US President’s annual April 24 statement on the Armenian Genocide. This clearly reflects the degree of collaboration between Turkey and the United States on the genocide issue, and even more appalling, American officials’ succumbing to the gag rule imposed by a denialist regime!

The American-Turkish collusion on the Armenian Genocide issue was recently corroborated by Deniz Kahraman in the Aydinlik Turkish newspaper, revealing that the two governments jointly drafted the statement that Prime Minister Erdogan issued on April 23, 2014. He offered condolences to Armenians, Turks, and others who died from various causes during World War I, thus equating the deaths of Turkish soldiers with Armenian Genocide victims. Basing his information on unnamed diplomatic sources, Kahraman

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wrote that the White House had been fully aware of the content of Erdogan’s statement in advance of its release. In fact, the Turkish Prime Minister’s text was prepared with U.S. input and finalized by officials in both countries. It appears that the initial text was prepared by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, after which the White House made some modifications, “based on U.S. sensitivities” on this issue. On April 21, the Turkish Foreign Ministry forwarded the final text to Prime Minister Erdogan’s office which released it to the public on April 23. Kahraman also revealed that in return for accepting U.S. modifications of Erdogan’s statement, Washington offered to block the pending Armenian Genocide resolution in the Senate, after its adoption by the Foreign Relations Committee in early April. Aydinlik reported that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has personally followed since last year the Armenian Diaspora’s preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey is reportedly evaluating its countermoves, which include convincing the Armenian government to revive the comatose Armenian-Turkish protocols, while simultaneously energizing the mediating efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the Karabagh (Artsakh) conflict through public diplomacy. According to Aydinlik, Ankara is evaluating its plans on how best to counter Armenians who are pursuing their demands from Turkey through three separate channels: “legal, political, and public opinion.” Kahraman reported that a serious political rift emerged last June between Turkey and the US, after which Washington started pressuring Turkey to take more resolute steps on the Armenian Genocide issue and normalize relations with Israel. To appease the United States, the Turkish Prime Minister issued a statement on April 23, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Aydinlik also reported that the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in favor of Turkish denialist Dogu Perincek had strengthened Ankara’s hand in international circles. However, Washington wanted Turkey to be more accommodating on the Armenian Genocide issue. That is why Turkish and US officials orchestrated the release of a public statement by Erdogan on April 23, right before Pres. Obama’s own statement on April 24. It is therefore not surprising that State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki had high praise for Erdogan’s April 23 statement, describing it as a positive step that would pave the way for improved relations between Armenia and Turkey. Unbeknownst to the public, the State Department was in fact praising a statement that it had helped draft. While Turkey and the United States are playing a dishonest game of publicly supporting each other’s privately orchestrated statements on the Armenian Genocide, Foreign Minister Davutoglu let the cat out of the bag by announcing in Parliament that Erdogan’s April 23 message of condolences was part of the Turkish campaign to undermine Armenian efforts to commemorate the Centennial of the Genocide. Finally, I wish to remind all those who have wrongly claimed that Erdogan’s April 23 message was an unprecedented pronouncement by a Turkish leader, almost 90 years ago, on June 22, 1926, Pres. Kemal Ataturk made a truly bold statement in an interview with the Los Angeles Examiner: “These leftovers of the Young Turk Party who should have been made to account for the lives of millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse from their homes and massacred….”

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Today on June 12, in Saint Gayane Church a united prayer have been held for the re-establishment of peace in the Middle East and, particularly, in Syria, led by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and attended by the participants of the International Consultation “The crisis in Syria: Challenges for Faith Communities ”. Informs the official News System of the Holy See.

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Diaspora News AGBU-AYA “ARIN” DANCE TROUPE’S JUNIORS ON STAGE By GREG HAGOPIAN On 30, 31 May and 1 June 2014 AGBU-AYA “Arine” Dance Troupe junior dancers presented an impressive juvenile performance in Sagesse School’s Antoine Choueiry Stadium, Jdeideh. With the support, care, and help of AGBU-AYA’s Parents Committee and Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dance Trainer Gayaneh Madzounian, the troupe presented their annual performance.

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The opening speech of the event was done by Radio Sevan’s presenter Mrs. Sarme Minassian, which was followed by “Arin” Dance Troupe’s well-prepared bouquet of dances that started with the Armenian renowned song “Dzaghgatsori”, followed by several famous Armenian songs from Gomidas, Aram Khachadourian, Hovhannes Badalian. All the dancers performed remarkably and they were all involved in all the performances. “Bingeol”, “Sareri Hovin Mernem”, “Sharani”, “Nanai Papouri” traditional songs were all a part of the dancers’ performances. Besides the traditional songs, the dancers were shining in the new modern songs, like the juniors’ hilarious “Bouy Bouy Mgnige”performance, by their dancing techniques, expressions, and movements. “Arin” Dance Troupe concluded its impressive performance by “Ghapama” involving in it all the dancers throughout the performance. In the last part of the event, the troupe showed its audience that they are strong enough to face anything as long as they are United and ONE.

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