NICOSIA AND YEREVAN UNANIMOUS IN CONDEMNING ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

YEREVAN, April 24. /ARKA/. Nicosia and Yerevan are unanimous in
condemning Armenian Genocide, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades
said today when speaking in Tsitsernakaberd, the memorial to Armenian
Genocide victims.

He said it is natural that Cyprus and Armenia are united in condemning
the genocide perpetrators.

Anastasiades said Cyprus was one of the first countries to recognize
the fact of Armenian Genocide.

He said he welcomes Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's motto: time
has come to recognize historical facts, since they will pave a way
to normalization of relations with the neighboring country and for
sure will contribute to peace in the entire world.

The Cyprus president said Armenian refugees that fled their homes
one century ago to save their lives found shelter in Cyprus and now
Cypriots are proud of the fact that descendants of these refugees
are active and important members of the Cypriot society. Stressing
the importance of commemorative events, he said that all nations are
responsible for that. "We remember and demand," he added.

This year Armenia marks the 100 anniversary of Armenian Genocide
committed in Turkey in 2015.

Delegations of countries, parliaments and international organizations
as well as ambassadors to Armenia came to Tsitsernakaberd, the
memorial to Armenian Genocide victims. President of Russia Vladimir
Putin, President of France Francois Hollande, President of Serbia
Tomislav Nikolic and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades visited
the memorial. The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the
twentieth century.

According to Armenian and many other historians, up to 1.5 million
Armenians were killed starting in 1915 in a systematic campaign by
the government of Turkey.

Turkey has been denying it for decades. The Armenian genocide was
recognized by tens of countries.

The first was Uruguay that did so in 1965. Other nations are Russia,
France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia,
Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela,
Argentina, 43 U.S. states.

It was recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament,
the World Council of Churches and other international organizations.

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From: A. Papazian