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    Armenian National Committee of Canada

    130 Albert St., Suite 1007
    Ottawa, ON
    KIP 5G4

    Tel. (613) 235-2622 Fax (613) 238-2622

    Armenian National Committee of Canada
    Opens National office in Ottawa

    Ottawa - The dream of thousands of dedicated Hai Tad members and supporters
    became reality on April 25 when the Armenian National Committee of Canada
    (ANCC) opened its national office in Ottawa.

    Over 200 supporters, led by Dr. Vagharch Ehramdjian, ANCC Chairman; Hagop
    Der Khachadourian, ANC International; Archbishop Khajak Hagopian, Prelate;
    ANCC board and regional chapters members, and representatives of the
    Armenian Relief Society, Hamazkaine Cultural Association and Homenetmen came
    from Montreal, Laval, Toronto, and Ottawa to witness the historic event.

    After the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 130 Albert Street office,
    guests headed to the nearby National Press Club for a cocktail reception.

    In his welcoming address, Dr. Ehramdjian said: `The opening of the Armenian
    National Committee office in Ottawa will complement a chain of other offices
    in Washington, Brussels', Moscow and Beirut.'

    The ANCC chairman thanked the Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of
    Canada; Peter McKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Canadian
    Government for their historic announcement-statement in reaffirming the
    Canadian Senate's and the House of Commons' motions recognizing the Armenian
    Genocide. He also thanked the leaders of the other three parties - the
    Liberal, the Bloc Québecois, and the New Democratic Party for their support
    of the motions, and to all members of Parliament `Who observed a one-minute
    of silence in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.' Dr.
    Ehramdjian said: ` The Armenian community of Canada is grateful and proud of
    its governing bodies for placing justice and human rights above economic and
    political considerations.'

    Archbishop Khajak Hagopian congratulated the Canadian-Armenian community for
    its decades-long campaign to obtain government's recognition for the
    Armenian Genocide. He said the opening of the ANCC office would advance the
    interests of the Canadian-Armenian community in the circles of power.

    Afterwards, master of ceremonies Tina Soulahian invited ANCC excutive
    director Aris Babikian to introduce David Warner. The former MPP and Speaker
    of the Ontario Legislative Assembly was honoured for his commitment and
    outstanding contribution to the Armenian cause. Mr. Babikian then invited
    Jean Meguerditchian, co-president of ANCC to present Mr. David Warner with
    ANCC's Outstanding Contribution citation.

    Mr. Babikian then invited the gathering to observe one minute of silence in
    honour of the four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

    In his remarks, Mr. Babikian paid tribute to the Prime Minister's
    Parliamentary Secretary Jason Kenney, who `played a pivotal role in
    securing Canadian Government's recognition of the Armenian Genocide.' Mr.
    Babikian said that the ANCC worked very closely with Mr. Kenney to win the
    government's recognition. Furthermore, during the 2004 Armenian Genocide
    recognition in the House of Commons, Mr. Kenney was instrumental in securing
    Conservative Party's support for Motion M-380, said Mr. Babikian

    Members of the Canadian Parliament, the Senate, the diplomatic corps, the
    media and leaders of numerous ethnic communities joined the Armenian
    community to celebrate the Genocide recognition milestone and the opening of
    the national office. Other guests at the gathering included Bloc Québecois
    leader Gilles Duceppe, former federal ministers Irwin Cotler, Stéphane Dion,
    Jim Peterson, and MPs Vivian Barbot, Nicole Demers, Raymonde Folco, Gary
    Goodyear, Jim Karygiannis, Derek Lee, Yasmin Ratansi, and Bill Siksay.


    The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian
    grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of
    offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated
    organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of
    the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.

    Regional Chapters
    Montréal- Toronto - Laval - Vancouver - Ottawa - Hamilton - Cambridge - St.
    Catharines - Windsor