DENIAL OF GENOCIDE IS CONTINUATION OF THE CRIME - AMBASSADOR
- The denial of genocide and other crimes against humanity should itself be considered a continuation of that crime, Armenia's envoy to Lebanon said on April 23.
Speaking on the eve of the 97th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, ambassador Ashot Kocharian said that "[genocide] denial should be condemned and considered a continuation of genocide."
"The consequences of the genocide have not been eliminated yet and the issue remains open," Kocharian told The Daily Star.
At least 5,000 Armenians are expected to march to the Turkish Embassy in Rabieh today, April 24 to protest Ankara's continued refusal to recognize the mass killings of Armenians as genocide.
"Despite the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey has consistently been fighting against it by falsifying historical facts, propaganda campaigns and lobbying," said Kocharian.
Armenia's ambassador praised his state's relationship with Lebanon, saying that Beirut's recognition of the 1915 genocide and Lebanese Armenians' vibrant participation in the country's political, social and economic life make the relationship between the two countries unique.
Kocharian also said that Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan established a state commission to unite the efforts of Armenia and those in the Diaspora, including in Lebanon, to coordinate events dedicated to marking the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Genocide.
- 775 Battle of Ardzni (Bagrevand).
- 1877 Tsar Alexander the Second starts the Russian-Turkish War in the Balkans and on the territory of ancient Armenia. The war ended with the victory of Russia.
- 1910 Death of Armenian writer Victoria Azanoor (Pompili). She wrote in Italian. Her books were translated into Armenian by Father Arsen Ghazikian.
- 1915 The arrest, exile and murder of the Armenian intellectuals (about 800) of Constantinople. The Turks start the implementation of their state plan for the Armenian Genocide. About one million Armenians are killed.
- 1937 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia decides to dissolve the Committee of the Transcaucasian Countries.
- 1965 The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide took place in about 25 countries out of respect for the memory of the innocent victims. A monument was unveiled in the Main Cathedral of Echmiadsin. The monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide in Montebello, California.
- 1968 The World Congress of Peace Movements, with the participation of organizations from 64 countries and of 16 international organizations, commemorated the Armenian Genocide.
- 1973 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Marseilles, France.
- 1975 Opening of monuments commemorating the memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. They were in Bikfaya (Lebanon), Athens (Greece) and Milan (Italy).
- 1978 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Lyon, France.
- 1984 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was placed in Alfortville, near Paris.
- 1987 An Armenian stone-cross dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Stuttgart, Germany.
- 1989 A monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was unveiled in Sydney, Australia.
- 1990 President Bush issued a news release calling on all Americans to join with Armenians on April 24 in commemorating "the more than a million Armenian people who were victims".
- 1994 President Clinton issued a news release on April 24, to commemorate the "tragedy" that befell the Armenians in 1915.