The Australian Hellenic Council has expresses unequivocal solidarity with the Armenian people and have condemned Azerbaijani ceasefire violations in Artsakh.

“We condemn the cease-fire violations by Azerbaijan in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and express full solidarity with the Armenian people. Azerbaijani and Turkish aggression in the region is alarming and unacceptable!” the Australian Hellenic Council wrote on Facebook.

We condemn the cease-fire violations by Azerbaijan in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and express full solidarity with the…

Posted by Australian Hellenic Council on Tuesday, 29 September 2020

The Australian Hellenic Council is the peak representative body of the Australian Greek Community. It is made up of the secretariats of the Hellenic Councils of each of Australia’s States and Territories.

In turn, the Armenian National Committee of Australia thanked the Australian Hellenic Council.

“Thank you to our brothers and sisters at the Australian Hellenic Council!” the top representative body of the Australian Armenian Community wrote on Facebook in response.

Thank you to our brothers and sisters at the Australian Hellenic Council!#StopAliyev #ArtsakhStrong

Posted by Armenian National Committee of Australia on Tuesday, 29 September 2020

The Hellenic Council of Australia, the Armenian National Committee of Australia and the Assyrian Universal Alliance launched in February 2020 a Joint Justice Initiative at Australia’s Parliament House. A Memorandum of Understanding by the three communities declared joint efforts for Australia to recognize the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides as a priority on behalf of their communities.

The Joint Justice Initiative has so far announced the support of Michael Sukkar MP, Senator Louise PrattWarren EntschJoel Fitzgibbon MPAndrew Wilkie MPJulian Leeser MPMichelle Rowland MPSenator Paul ScarrTony Zappia MPSenator Sarah Hanson-YoungSenator Hollie HughesSenator Rex PatrickMike Freelander MPSenator Eric AbetzSenator Larissa WatersSenator Pat DodsonJason Falinski MPJosh Burns MPJohn Alexander MPSenator Andrew Bragg and Bob Katter MP, with a promise of more announcements to come.

On February 25, 2020 over 100 Federal Australian parliamentarians, diplomats, departmental officials, political staffers, academics, media and community leaders were treated to cultural performances, food, wine and brandy, as well as the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which affirmed that the signatory public affairs representatives of the three communities were jointly committed to seeing Australia recognize the Turkish-committed Genocide against the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian citizens of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

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