The NSW Parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman empire against its Assyrian, Pontic Greek and especially Armenian communities during the Great War.
The Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, the foreign ministry in Ankara and even the city council in Çanakkale (Gallipoli) immediately responded. They deny that the genocide had even occurred and have warned state parliamentarians that they will not be welcome in Turkey when the two nations commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015.
In his speech to the NSW Parliament on Wednesday 21 August 2013, Mr Nile stated the following:
ARMENIAN, ASSYRIAN AND GREEK GENOCIDES
Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE [6.11 p.m.]: I wish to speak on the genocide of the Indigenous Assyrian, Armenian and Hellenic Greek populations of the Ottoman Empire. Part of this adjournment speech is a response to the Hon. Charlie Lynn’s previous adjournment speech. I take this opportunity to clarify or go into more depth on the Australian historical sources from which I have drawn my conclusions. The term “genocide” was coined by Polish jurist Raphael Lemkin in 1943, drawing heavily on the experiences of the Armenians, Assyrians and Hellenic Greeks. As Lemkin stated in a radio broadcast on 23 December 1947, “History and the present are full of genocide cases. Christians of various denominations, Moslems and Jews, Armenians and Slavs, Greeks and Russians, dark skinned Hereros in Africa and white skinned Poles perished by millions from this crime.” Writing in Gallipoli Mission two decades earlier, Charles W. Bean noted “the attempts by some Turkish leaders to exterminate this people, and the dreadful means used before and during the war".
August 7th, 2013
Mr. Masoud Barazani
Kurdish Regional Government
Arbil- Northern Iraq
We offer you a noble challenge to issue a formal apology to the Armenian and Assyrian descendants of the survivors of the genocides committed by the Kurdish allies of the Ottoman Turks against the indigenous Christian populations of the region, during and subsequent to WWI.
In the past several months, your regional government has been successful in convincing several European governments to formally recognize the “Kurdish genocide” committed by Saddam’s regime. We can certainly empathize with and affirm the suffering of the Kurdish people of Iraq, particularly since the Assyrian Christians, too, suffered loss of life and property during the same period. This provided a missed opportunity for you to make an attempt to amend the troubled and strained relations between our two nations by including the sufferings of the Assyrians within your efforts to seek recognition of the “Kurdish Genocide”.
In a letter written to Turkish Consul General on 14 May 2013, Rev. Fred Nile defends recent NSW Parliament motion that recognizes the genocide of Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks. Rev. Nile’s letter reads:
Sydney: The Republic of Turkey has sensationally stated that certain Australian legislators are not welcome to take part in Anzac celebrations in Gallipoli, as a consequence for passing a motion recognising the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides.
The NSW Labor Opposition has officially recognised and condemned the genocide of the Assyrian people by the Ottoman Government between 1914 and 1922.
Opposition Leader John Robertson spoke in support of the motion which was moved in State Parliament on Wednesday.
Today, Wednesday 8 May 2013, in a historic move, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, rose in the NSW Parliament, Legislative Assembly (The Lower House) to move a motion calling for the recognition of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocides. The motion was passed unanimously.
Today, Wednesday 1st May 2013, in a historically unprecedented move at the request of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, the Australian Hellenic Council and the Armenian National Committee, the Parliament of NSW Legislative Council passed unanimously a motion recognizing the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide.
The Assyrian Genocide Research Center (Seyfo) reports, an Assyrian Genocide Memorial is erected today in Arnouville, near Paris-France to send a strong message to Turkey’s shameful act of genocide of 1914 in which Turkey brutally wiped out and massacred its Christian population of three ethnic groups Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks, what is commonly known as a forgotten Holocaust.
On May 10-11, 2013, scholars from around the world will be presenting original research on the Ottoman Turkish Genocides – Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek – to yield new insight into the overall strategy, planning, execution and aftermath of the campaign to eliminate the native Christian populations of Asia Minor.