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Armenian Genocide 98th anniversary commemorated in Lithuania

Armenian Genocide 98th anniversary commemorated in Lithuania

PanARMENIAN.Net - On April 24, an event in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide 98th anniversary was held in Lithuania, with MPs, journalists and representatives of the country’s Armenian community present.

Armenian ambassador to Lithuania Ara Ayvazyan, Lithuanian MPs, deputy head of Lithuania-Armenia inter-parliamentary group Algis Kašėta and others came up with reports.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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