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President: We will not allow another Armenian Genocide in Artsakh

President: We will not allow another Armenian Genocide in Artsakh

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkey’s genocidal plans proved to have failed, as Armenians were reborn both as a nation and as a state, President Serzh Sargsyan said in his annual message on the day of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

“Our struggle for justice still goes on,” the President said.

“Turkey’s denialist policy and its hostile stance towards everything Armenian hasn’t changed. This is nothing short of a direct continuation of the crime in our time. The Turkish society has partly changed. Today it knows about its own history a little more than it did yesterday, and will know more tomorrow, unless free speech and media is not strangled, unless members of the parliament, public figures and editors are not shot dead. The truth, though slowly, but opens the people’s eyes.”

“Nowadays, emotions and worries, discussions and analyses related to the hostilities of April 2-5 have not subsided yet,” he said.

“Azerbaijan unleashed another war against Artsakh and was thrown back, suffering great losses. The true objective, or rather the true dream of Azerbaijan is the occupation of Artsakh and its cleansing of Armenians, which means its population will be partly purged, partly deported.

Today, on April 24, 2016, I declare to the entire world: No Armenian will be purged or deported in Artsakh. We will not allow another Armenian Genocide. By saying we, I mean the whole Armenian nation, our Armenian consolidation.

Today, as we bow to the memory of our innocent victims, we witness the unprecedented consolidation and resolve of our nation to build a free, peaceful, and modern state, a powerful Fatherland for all Armenians, with descendants of the Genocide victims and those of the survivors returning home.”

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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