Lithuanian FM calls Genocide 'tragedy,' refrains from using the term

Lithuanian FM calls Genocide 'tragedy,' refrains from using the term

PanARMENIAN.Net - Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday, April 24 called the massacre of Armenians during WWI one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, but refrained from using the word "genocide", Delfi reports.

"It's important today to honor those victims as (the death of) 1.5 million is one of the greatest tragedies in the twentieth century. That's the most important thing. And everything else, let's leave it to historians, politicians and others to discuss," minister Linas Linkevičius told the Žinių Radijas news radio on Friday when asked about the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Linkevičius also did not use the word "genocide" in his Thursday post on Twitter.

In a 2005 resolution, the Seimas of Lithuania recognized the fact that "the genocide of the Armenian nation" took place in the Ottoman Empire.

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