Hon. Peter MacKay recognizes our tragedies

2007-05-16 21:25:00
 Hon. Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay sent a letter to the Federation of Canadian Azerbaijani Associations. In his letter, the Minister says that the Office of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, has forwarded to me on January 16, 2007, a copy of your correspondence, on behalf of the Coordination Centre of Canadian Turkic Organizations, the Federation of Canadian Azerbaijani Associations, suggesting that the Government of Canada issue a statement on the anniversary of the tragic events that took place in Azerbaijan on January 20, 1990.  Hon. Peter MacKay regrets the delay in replying to the Federation because this proposal came to his attention too late to consider such a possibility. However, he writes that “it is a matter of historical record that the security forces of the former Soviet Union  committed many such acts of repression against unarmed civilians. As you note in your message, that was indeed a dark episode in Azerbaijan's history that should never be forgotten. The victims of the events of January 20, 1990, will be remembered for the significant contribution they made to the eventual independence of their homeland. He further acknowledges that: “it is commendable that your  organization is taking the lead in ensuring that their sacrifice is acknowledged. 

 

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