FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: WORLD COMMUNITY MUST REMEMBER GENOCIDE TO PREVENT IT IN FUTURE

by Nana Martirosyan

Friday, April 24, 13:36

The world community must remember the Genocide to prevent it in
future, French President Francois Hollande said at the Armenian
Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, on April 24.

"With our participation in these events we make our contribution
to the process of reconciliation, process of expanding peace in the
region, in the world, in the Middle East," the president said. He said
recognition of the Armenian Genocide is another act of peace. Hollande
said important words have been repeatedly made in Turkey, but there
are still the ones that are yet to be pronounced to relieve the paid.

The French president hopes the Armenian-Turkish border will open in
the near future. He touched upon the Karabakh conflict saying France
contributes to the peace process.

The French president recalled that the first victims of the Armenian
Genocide in 1915 were Armenian intellectuals. Many of them who survived
found shelter in France and made their contribution to the prosperity
of that country. "Like Charles Aznavour they have become the common
pride of Armenia and France," he said.

Francois Hollande said his country has recognized the Genocide, as it
does not want such crimes to repeat. In this light, he said, France is
against denial, against distortion of the truth, and against genocides.

"France sees no difference between Cambodia, Rwanda or any other
country that suffered genocide. It is important to remember the
historical fact. Therefore, I permitted opening the archive on Rwanda.

People must not be killed for their nationality or religion," he said.

Hollande said the situation in the Middle East is alarming as
representatives of the national and religions minorities have faced
a threat of extermination there.

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