YEREVAN, April 24. /ARKA/. Armenia’s leadership and clerics as well as the newly elected president of Artsakh paid today tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his spouse, President Armen Sarkissian, Speaker of the National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, newly elected President of Artsakh Araik Harutyunyan and Catholicos Garegin II, Armenian Apostolic Church leader, laid wreaths at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial.
Catholicos Garegin II served the liturgy at the Eternal Flame.
Commemorative Events in New Mode
Every year, on this day, the leadership of the republic, along with tens of thousands of citizens from the capital and regions of the country, lay wreaths and flowers at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan. However, this year the coronavirus pandemic made its adjustments – due to the state of emergency declared in the country because of COVID-19, all mass events were canceled.
From 8:00 a.m. on April 24, citizens can send messages to number 1915 from Armenia and numbers 003743 and 3191500 from abroad to confirm their remote participation in the virtual march. The virtual march will be broadcast live.
The names of the senders will be shown on the steles of the memorial complex, thereby symbolizing their participation n the march and tribute to the victims of the Genocide. Thus, people from various parts of the world will be able to take part in the “procession”. At the same time, the virtual procession will be broadcast live until dawn.
In the evening at 22:00 a special concert of musical groups and solo performers starts on television and online. The concert will last until dawn. The program includes classic and folk works of different genres.
Armenian Genocide was the first genocide committed in XX century. Turkey rejects the accusation of massacres and the killing of one and a half million Armenians during World War I.
The fact of the Armenian Genocide is recognized by many states and a number of authoritative international organizations. The first country to recognize the Genocide in 1965 was Uruguay, followed by Cyprus, Russia, Greece, Canada, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Paraguay, Argentina, Sweden, Bolivia, Great Britain, Holland, Slovakia, Germany, Lithuania , Venezuela, Poland, Chile, Switzerland, Brazil, Luxembourg, Austria, Vatican, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal, as well as the interim government of Libya, 49 US states, Syria, the European Parliament, and World Council of Churches.