France to remember Armenian genocide victims despite COVID-19 epidemic

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YEREVAN, April 25. /ARKA/. French President Emmanuel Macron, in a letter to Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, said that France will honor the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide despite the epidemic of coronavirus, the press service of the Armenian president reported on Friday.

Emmanuel Macron said in his message that on this day, dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, he would like to convey his best fraternal and friendly greetings to Armen Sarkissian and the Armenian people.

In his words, on April 24, France remembers the murder of 600 Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople, which marked the beginning of the genocide. Today, he said, like never before, France seeks to protect the memory of victims, fight denial and learn a serious lesson from these tragic pages of history.

The French president said that last year, in accordance with its commitment, his country declared April 24 as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide.

“Strictly following the instructions dictated by the current health situation, I decided that this day should be marked also this year with a brief ceremony in Paris in the presence of members of the French government,” Macron said.

He noted that, this heritage and shared memory between the two countries are the basis for a unique relationship.

“The coronavirus infection that has swept the world makes us all face new challenges in the areas of healthcare, economics and the social sphere. We will meet these challenges together. And I am convinced that France and Armenia will work together on international arenas in the name of more effective multilateralism and newly created solidarity,” the French president said.

He added that regardless of any difficulties, Armenians can count on the friendship of France.

“True to its obligations, France supports the Armenians in their quest for peace and prosperity,” Macron said.

About Armenian Genocide

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 the 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. -0—

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