JUNE 2, 2011

The Armenian Genocide is crime against humanity. This statement was
made by the member of the Australian House of Representative Scott
Morrison. He pledged to add his voice to the call for recognition
of the Armenian Genocide during the national Armenian Genocide
Commemorative Evening in Sydney during April.

"Today, as a member of this House, I join others in this place, and in
parliaments around the world, to place on record that I believe the
Armenian genocide was one of the greatest crimes against humanity,"
said Morrison.

"We do not seek to lay blame, this is not an indictment of the modern,
secular, Turkish state that we know as a friend, but it is important
that we recognize the Armenian genocide for what it was."

ANC Australia Executive Director Varant Meguerditchian described the
statement as the first step in Morrison's advocacy efforts.

He said: "Mr. Morrison has now placed on parliamentary record his
affirmation of the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide and
added his voice to calls for recognition of the Armenian Genocide
in Australia."

"We thank Mr. Morrison and trust that he will continue to champion
the cause for Armenian Genocide recognition in the Federal Parliament
of Australia."

Morrison's statement was followed just days later by a parliamentary
sitting dominated by calls for Armenian Genocide recognition when
MPs Joe Hockey, John Alexander and Paul Fletcher raised the matter
on the floor of the House of Representatives.