Sarkis Shahinian Lectures on the Perinçek Affair1 min read
YEREVAN, Armenia – On November 21, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA) welcomed Sarkis Shahinian for a lecture on the “Turkish Centennial Policy on the Eve of the Perinçek Affair.” The lecture was part of the 1915 Centennial series at AUA.
During the lecture, Shahinian discussed the chronology of events associated with Doğu Perinçek, a Turkish politician, and the ruling of the Swiss District Court as a result of his public denial of the Armenian Genocide. Shahinian commented that to deny the Armenian Genocide is not just to undermine Armenian lives, but to “undermine all human existence.”
Shahinian also spoke in regards to the future of Turkish and Armenian relations, especially with the centennial of the Armenian Genocide approaching in April 2015. He stated, “If the Armenian Genocide is recognized, it should be seen as a new beginning with Turkey.”
Sarkis Shahinian is the honorary President of the Switzerland-Armenia Association (SAA) and has served as Secretary General of the Parliamentary Group Switzerland-Armenia (PGArm) at the Federal Assembly of Switzerland since 2004. He has organized various public awareness campaigns, conferences, documentaries, and thematic hearings in the Swiss Parliament on Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. For his service to the nation, especially his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Swiss National Council in 2003 and for efforts to combat genocide denial in Switzerland, he was honored with a Presidential Award by President Sargsyan in 2010.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.
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