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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 7:55 am    Post subject: [E] Protests Against British Ambassador Continue, Sassounian Reply with quote Back to top

The California Courier | April 8, 2004 | Harut Sassounian, Publisher


Protests Against British Ambassador Continue


Last week, Armenian individuals and organizations from around the world continued sending protest letters to the British Ambassador in Armenia, Thorda Abbott-Watt, and to the British government for refusing to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Institute sent a joint letter to Amb. Abbott-Watt, strongly castigating her and the British government.

In the first such protest of its kind, more than 200 Armenians gathered in front of the British Consulate in Paris on April 3rd, demonstrating against the British Ambassador’s and her government’s denial of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian communities in various countries should consider holding similar protests on April 24 in front of their local British Embassy or Consulate.

In the meantime, please continue sending your e-mails to the British Ambassador in Armenia: Thorda.Abbott-Watt@fco.gov.uk; to Michael Jay, the Under-Secretary and Head of the UK Diplomatic Service: Michael.jay@fco.gov.uk; and to Prime Minister Tony Blair through the following web site: http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp (click on select a subject, select "international affairs," and then click on the "go" button), asking the British government to withdraw its Ambassador as she can no longer effectively carry out her diplomatic duties in Armenia. Please send copies of your e-mails and any responses to the Armenian Foreign Ministry (info@armeniaforeignministry.com) and to sassoun@pacbell.net.

To review articles and statements on this issue, please check the following new web site: http://uk-denial.armenianhouse.org.
 
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The California Courier | April 20, 2004 | Harut Sassounian, Publisher


British Ambassador Escapes from Armenia on April 24


The Armenian Community and Church Council of Great Britain through its Sub-Committee for the Campaign for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is planning a protest march on April 24 against the denial of the Armenian Genocide by the British government and the British Ambassador in Armenia, Thorda Abbott-Watt. The demonstrators will deliver a petition to Prime Minster Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street in London. Earlier this month, French Armenians held a similar demonstration in front of the British Consulate in Paris.

Meanwhile, Armenians and non-Armenians alike from around the world are continuing to send protest e-mails to Amb. Abbott-Watt, the British Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Blair. Last week, the Armenian Community and Parish Council of Houston, Texas, issued a statement condemning the British denial of the Armenian Genocide. Interestingly, Amb. Abbott-Watt sent on April 17 the following pre-programmed response: "Sorry - I am away! If your e-mail is urgent please send it to Roy Wilson, our Deputy Head of Mission. Otherwise, I look forward to reading it on my return to the office on Monday 26 March."

Amb. Abbott-Watt must be so confused and rattled by this whole controversy that she probably meant to say she is returning on Monday, April 26 rather than March 26, which falls on a Friday and has already passed. Obviously, she must be too embarrassed to be in Yerevan while the whole Armenian nation is commemorating the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. She wanted to avoid joining the group of ambassadors who place a wreath at the Genocide Memorial Monument in Yerevan every year on April 24.

Amb. Abbott-Watt should seriously consider staying in London for good rather than returning to Armenia!
 
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