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President, Prince Charles attend Genocide commemorative service (Photoreport)

President, Prince Charles attend Genocide commemorative service (Photoreport)

PanARMENIAN.Net - A Service of Commemoration of the Armenian martyrs of 1915 was held at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, October 28.

The ecumenical ceremony was served by Bishop of London Richard Chartres and His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Charles, Prince of Wales attended the service, while the choir of London’s St Yeghiche Armenian Church performed Armenian chants.

As the world commemorates the Armenian Genocide centennial, the ecumenical prayer for the memory and souls of the canonized Genocide victims called on everyone to join the prayer for justice and speak out against the gravest crime against humanity.

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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