British-Armenian All-Party Parliamentary Group Delegation at Tsiternakaberd Memorial
Armenia, honored the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide Tuesday, 18th February 2014, at the Tsiternakaberd Memorial and examined the British press archives from the collection of Armenian Genocide Museum.
Head of the British-Armenian inter-parliamentary friendship group, Member of Parliament, Mr John Whittingdale (Conservative) said this was his third visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial. He said that they were in Armenia ahead of the commencement of the commemoration of the Genocide centenary in 2015. He added that it was important to recognise, condemn and never forget what had happened to the Armenian people almost one hundred years ago.
Member of Parliament Mr Stephen Pound (Labour) said they had come to Armenia to show that the world never forgets the Armenian Genocide. “Civilized people all over the world should join to commemorate the vicious crime committed in Western Armenia,” Mr. Pound added that he is proud of the courage of the Armenian people.
Following the Armenian National Committee of the UK’s request, Mr Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North, had secured a debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 11th of February, 2014. The Debate, entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan”, allowed Mr Pound to raise his concerns over recent ceasefire violations directly to Mr Mark Simmonds MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. During the debate, Mr pound highlighted the recent incursions whilst also mentioning the Safarov case and next year’s 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Below you will find links to the full Hansard transcript as well as the full video of the debate which you can watch by scrolling to 19:14 on the timeline.