19:30 24/04/2015 >> POLITICS

On April 24, Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan, accompanied by
top officials of the republic, visited the memorial complex of the
capital and attended the opening of the Memorial Belfry dedicated
to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the President's
press office reports.

In his speech, President Sahakyan said that on that day worldwide
Armenians and civilized mankind focused their attention on the Armenian
Genocide - the most tragic and darkest page of the Armenian history,
adding that all the Armenians, in whatever part of the globe they
were, deemed as their duty to pay tribute to the memory of innocent
victims of the Armenian Genocide.

According to the President, the enemy did not intend to satisfy with
the extermination of Western Armenia and had a goal to complete the
Armenocide, dooming Eastern Armenia to the same fate.

Bako Sahakyan specified that denial of such crimes, avoiding
responsibility and showing indifference generated new disasters,
and the fact that the international community did not immediately
recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide had led to new genocides
in different regions of the globe.

"Inspired by the example of Turkey and encouraged with the prospect
of remaining unpunished, Azerbaijan also committed genocide against
the Armenian people in Baku, Sumgait, Kirovabad and various parts of
Artsakh. However, the enemy did not succeed in realizing this appalling
task. The entire Armenian nation united, our independent statehood was
restored, the national army was formed, and the aggressor suffered
a crushing defeat. The Karabagh movement, our national-liberation
struggle and the victory became a peculiar verdict against a genocidal
state and its inhumane policy," underlined President Sahakyan.

The President expressed confidence that the memorial would become Á
pilgrimage center, where every visitor would have deep and cherished
feelings, live through the pain of our people, at the same time being
filled with hope and faith. Bako Sahakyan pointed out that sooner
or later the Armenian Genocide would be recognized and condemned
by the international community since such a crime could not remain
unpunished forever.

"The most important guarantee for gaining ultimate victory, recognizing
the Armenian Genocide and securing the future of the Armenian nation is
the independent Armenian statehood, our powerful and efficient army,
the Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora unwavering trinity, reliance on our own
strength," stressed Artsakh Republic President.

From: A. Papazian