HL Deb 25 June 1998 vol 591 c42WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they "recognise the Armenian genocide of 1915", as did the French Parliament (in such terms) in a Bill passed on 29 May. [HL2149]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The British Government condemned the 1915 massacres at the time, and view the sufferings of the Armenian people then as a tragedy of historic proportions. However, in the absence of evidence to show that the Turkish Government took a specific decision to eliminate the Armenians under their control at the time, the British Government have not recognised the events of 1915 as a genocide.

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