WHEN DID SARKOZY MAKE DECISION ON GENOCIDE LAW? - FRENCH JOURNAL
- The voting of January 23 was the epilogue of the Armenians' long struggle against denying the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Nikolas Sarkozy decided upon the law criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide during his visit to Armenia in October 2011, the French journal L`Express informs.
Under the impressions of his official visit to Armenia in October 2011, Nikolas Sarkozy made a final decision about the law criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide, a government member told. More accurately, the president came upon the decision after visiting the Memorial in Yerevan dedicated to the memory of the 1915 Genocide victims. The members of the Armenian Associations in France, who were represented in his delegation, asked the president to do what he intended to.
"If Turkey does not acknowledge his responsibility until the end of this year, France will adopt a law," Sarkozy had warned.
- 1268 Enthronement of the Armenian Catholicos, Hakob Klayetsee the First. He was an erudite scholar, orator, and commentator. He supported the signing of the Armenian-Egyptian Peace Treaty of the end of the 13th century. (He died in 1286).
- 1286 Death of Catholicos Hakob Klayetsee the First, an erudite scholar, orator, and commentator. He supported the signing of the Armenian-Egyptian Peace Treaty of the end of the 13th century.
- 1721 Greegor Shghtayakeer, who was elected Jerusalem's Patriarch in 1715, placed a chain around his neck to symbolize the debts of the Patriarchate. Several years later, on collecting sufficient funds to pay off the debts, he assumed his patriarchal throne. He built new buildings and introduced various improvements. He died in 1749.
- 1845 Birth of Mateos Izmirlian in Constantinople. He died in 1910.
- 1845 Birth of Patriarch Matheos Izmirlyan in Constantinople. He died in 1910.
- 1908 Death in Cairo (Egypt) of Arpiar Arpiaryan (writer and public figure). He was born in 1851.
- 1918 Death of Sultan Hameed, nicknamed the "Red Sultan" because of his organized Genocide of the Armenians in 1894-1896. He was dethroned in 1909.
- 1918 Turkish officers reject the armistice and move (with 25000 soldiers) on Erzroom, Van and the Black Sea coast. Armenian forces -- alone -- are unable to stop the Turkish agression.
- 1919 Two Armenian delegations leading by Poghos Noobar and Avetees Aharonyan present the "Memorandum on Armenian's Demands" to the Paris Conference. The document sought the recognition of Armenia's Independent Statehood, compensation for Armenian losses reimbursement, a 20-year mandate for Armenia by one of the Allied countries, and punishment of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide. No attention was paid to the document.
- 1921 Protests in Loree Province against its "Neutral Zone" status under the Menshevik government of Georgia. Consequently, it is ceded to Armenia four days later.
- 1950 Creation of the European Radio Union.
- 1988 Party and Economic meetings took place in the Autonomous Region of Mountainous Gharabagh. These demanded the reunification of Artsakh to Armenia.
- 1988 First national mass demonstrations in Stepanakert in favor of Union between Armenia and Artsakh.