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Aram I: 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide is not regular date

Aram I: 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide is not regular date

PanARMENIAN.Net - Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I greeted all participants of the first sitting of the state committee for coordination of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide are of top priority for Armenia, and it is necessary to hail the Armenian President’s foreign policy, which focuses on the Armenian Genocide recognition, Aram I said during the meeting.

“Now we can firmly state that our Fatherland is the protector of all Armenians worldwide. There have always been discrepancies between the Fatherland and Diaspora, but they cannot affect the common stance on all-Armenian matters,” he said.

Aram I noted that the Armenian people should think in terms of pan-Armenian categories and values, what is dictated by the present time.

“The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is not a regular date. We should consider thoroughly our actions and words. We have no right to hold on the same course, we need to change our behavior. Armenia needs to act as a state, while the Diaspora should set its tasks more clearly and all the Armenians should unite. Our people’s demand on the Armenian Genocide recognition should be presented to the world. We need to unite and speak only about our demands,” concluded Aram I.

10  30.05.11 - First sitting of a state and international committee in charge of Armenian Genocide 100th anniversary commemorative events preparation
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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