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L. to R. Clr. Sarkis Yedelian, Hon. John Watkins MP, Clr. Terry Perram and           His Emin. Arch. Aghan Baliozian

MEDIA RELEASE:              12 April 2005

Ryde City Council unanimously passes Motion marking  90th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

 RYDE:  This evening Ryde City Council unanimously passed the following Motion commemorating the Armenian Genocide, moved by Independent Councillor Mr Sarkis Yedelian:

That this Council:

(1)    acknowledges  this year as marking the occasion of the 90th anniversary commemoration of the Genocide of the Armenians perpetrated  by the then Ottoman Government between the years 1915-1922;

(2)    joins with the Armenian community of Ryde in  honouring the memory of  the 1.5 million men, women and children who died in  the first genocide of  the twentieth century;

(3)    recognises 24 April every year as a day of  remembrance of the Armenian genocide;

(4)    condemns  the genocide of the Armenians and all other acts of genocide committed as the  ultimate act of racial, religious and cultural intolerance;

(5)    calls on the Commonwealth Government to  officially condemn:

(i)   the  genocide of the Armenians

(ii)  any attempt to deny such crimes against humanity.

 On April 24 of this year, on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the ANZAC landings, Armenians the world over, including the many thousands of Armenian-Australians living in Ryde, will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In 1915, and in anticipation of the Allied invasion, the Ottoman Empire set in motion a plan to exterminate the entire Christian Armenian population living on their ancestral lands of Eastern Anatolia, part of what is today the Republic of Turkey. This state-sponsored program resulted in the brutal extermination of some 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children.

Clr Yedelian said - ”As the first Australian Councillor of Armenian ancestry, and a son of survivor of the Armenian Genocide, I feel honoured to have moved this Motion.  The importance of this Commemorative Motion, however, goes beyond the Armenian-Australian Community, many thousands of who call the City of Ryde home.” 

 “In stark contrast to post-Nazi Germany which has acknowledged and sought to atone for the crimes of the Nazi regime, successive Turkish governments have refused to come to terms with their own history.  The “industry of genocide denial” by successive Turkish States, has set a very dangerous precedent, which has already been relied upon by at least one mass murderer, Hitler, for his genocidal crimes, and which cannot be left without redress” Yedelian added.

 As the City of Ryde has one of the largest and growing Armenian-Australian constituencies, it fitting that Ryde Council has added its name to the growing list of multi-national, national, state/provisional and municipal legislative bodies (including the NSW Parliament) that have commemorated and reaffirmed the historical truth of the Armenian Genocide, and which have provided a resounding response to Hitler’s self-justifying question in 1939 before he embarked on his genocidal deeds during World War II – "Who remembers now the destruction of the Armenians?"

 As with a similar motion passed unanimously by the NSW Parliament in 1997, Ryde Council Motion also calls on the Federal Parliament to add its voice to this important call. 



Press Release:  6th of April 2004. 


Newly elected Councillor for Central Ward, Ryde City Council, Mr Sarkis Yedelian today thanked the people of Ryde for electing him to serve on Ryde City Council.

First and only Councillor elected in Australia of Armenian ancestry.

"I am deeply humbled and grateful to the people of Ryde for their support and trust," Clr Yedelian said."It is an immense honour for me to be given the opportunity to serve the people of Ryde. "I convey my sincere thanks to all those people who supported me during the local government campaign.

Clr Yedelian was elected on a platform on delivering a fresh approach to dealing with Council issues, and bringing accountability to Ryde City

Clr Yedelian will be calling on Ryde City Council to consider local resident concerns first and foremost before any decision is taken on the Top Ryde Urban Village Plan.

Clr Yedelian will also seek to introduce Council-Business partnerships.
A model to seek cooperation with the North Ryde corporate IT business sector to improve local childcare and sporting facilities.

"Ryde city is a great place to live, and I'll be doing everything I can to ensure it remains so," Clr Yedelian said.

Clr Yedelian has lived in the Ryde area for over 20 years, and operates a camera and video production business in Gladesville.

Clr Yedelian is a founding and current board member of Community TV Sydney Ltd., CH31. He is also the president of Armenian TV Sydney Incorporated. Established in 1994, it is the first and remains the only Armenian TV broadcast service in Australia run entirely by volunteers and producing 3 hours of broadcasting each week.

Clr Yedelian is the first Councillor elected in Australia of Armenian

Clr Yedelian is married with two children

Councillor Sarkis Yedelian

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