ABOUT CIRCASSIAN GENOCIDE PERPETRATED BY RUSSIAN STATE IN 1861-1864
9, February, 2014
– Based upon irrefutable historical facts testifying to the crimes committed by the
Russian officials against the Circassian population, within their ancient Motherland, Circassia, during the years of 1861-1864;
Being aware of the resembling destinies of Circassian and Armenian nations, which experienced similar tragedies,
Being aware that part of the Armenian population of Western Armenia had resulted to live within the territories of Circassia in the course of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.
Acknowledging the annihilation of Circassians in Circassia according to the plans of Russian Administration, which further initiated “peoples’ exchange” between Russia and Turkey, triggering the reasons for the tragedy of Armenian nation.
Sharing with the brotherly Circassian nation, mutual Caucasian values and moralities.
Remembering about the equality of the identities of Circassians and Armenian community of Circassia, known in history under the name of Cherkeso-Ghay.
We, the representatives of Armenian communities of USA, united into organizations and associations,
1. Condemn policies of Russian State, which organized the annihilation and deportation of the Circassians in 1861-1864, resulting into the drastic changes of the demographic situation in the Caucasus, and consider May 21st as a day of the Circassian Genocide.
2. Urge the Governments of the Republic of Armenian, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and all the Armenian organizations worldwide join to and undersign our statement.