Middle East Armenians (General) > Newsletter of the Armenian National Committee - Middle East chapter

Azad Hye, United Arab Emirates
March 29 2006

Azad-Hye, Dubai, 29 March 2006: After starting a website earlier this
year, the Middle East chapter of the Armenian National Committee
started to circulate a newsletter in Arabic language.

The first issue of the newsletter, dated 21 March 2006, has already
reached the mailbox of thousands of individuals in Arabic countries.

It aims at updating Arabic language speakers about the developments
related to Armenia and the Armenians, especially the course of the
Genocide recognition worldwide. The publication is important also for
certain number of Armenians living in the Middle East, who use Arabic
as mode of communication.

The Arab public who has witnessed the arrival of the Armenians into
the Middle East and has shared with them decades of political, social
and economic experience, needs to know more about this group of
people, who are struggling for full acknowledgment of their plight.

The Arabs, who are in majority Muslims, have welcomed the Armenian
refugees during WWI. This is an important indication that the
Genocide against the Armenians did not have religious motivation.

The first issue of the newsletter has 4 pages, half of which is
devoted to the unfortunate news of the destruction of the Julfa
Armenian historical cemetery in Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan).

Other subjects in the newsletter:

- Turks organize anti-Armenian demonstrations in Paris

- Turkey has only two years ahead to comply with the political
criteria of the European Union.

- Request for equal US military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan.

- The Committee for Defending the Armenian Cause meets the Ambassador
of the United Arab Emirates in Lebanon

Below is the complete text of this last piece of news related to the
UAE:

"Beirut: 17/3/2006 - A delegation of the Committee for Defending the
Armenian Cause meets the Ambassador of UAE in Lebanon His Excellency
Mohammad Sultan Seif Sweidi.

During the meeting the anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan was
exposed, a policy that reached to an extreme point through the
destruction of the Armenian archaeological and cultural monuments
in Julfa (Nakhichevan). The Karabag problem was another topic of
discussion. The delegation pointed to the anti-Armenian policy of
both Azerbaijan and Turkey regarding this issue, which is manifested
through the rejection of any peaceful solution in the area, which
gives the Armenians the right for self-determination.

The UAE Ambassador promised to follow up this issue with
his government. He referred to the friendly Armenian - Emirati
relations and the policy of openness adopted by his country, without
discrimination towards nations and religions.

The Committee had paid similar visits in the past to the Ambassadors
of the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, the European Union, Netherlands,
Vatican and Egypt."

Website of the Committee: www.ancme.org