Australian Liberal Party’s organizational wing adopts policy condemning genocide of Armenians, Syriacs, and Greeks by Ottoman Empire

CANBERRA — The organizational arm of the Australian Liberal Party has formally embraced a policy condemning the genocide of Armenians, Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans), and Greeks, advocating for official recognition of these historical atrocities.

Amid mounting pressure to acknowledge the Sayfo Genocide, which occurred concurrently with the Armenian and Greek genocides, the Armenian National Committee of Australia stated that Dimitri Chugh Palmer, leader of the Australian Young Liberal Movement, submitted a proposal to the Australian Commonwealth government in 2023 for recognition of the genocide.

While the proposal faced initial delays due to time constraints, it was subsequently referred to the Federal Policy Advisory Committee of the Liberal Party for consideration.

Expressing gratitude, Michael Kolokossian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia, commended the Federal Liberal President for championing the interests of Australian Armenians, hailing this development as a crucial step towards recognizing the Armenian Genocide within Australia.

The Federal Council, echoing the sentiments of the Australian Armenian, Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), and Greek communities, urged the Australian Parliament to honor the memory of the more than one million Armenians, Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans), and Greeks who perished during the genocides.

Furthermore, the Council emphasized the importance of recognizing Australia’s humanitarian efforts in assisting survivors of genocide while condemning these heinous crimes and advocating for measures to prevent their recurrence.