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Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
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Armenian version:


His Holiness Aram I received Genocide scholar Donald Bloksam in his
office on April 26. A professor of Genocide at the University of
Edinburgh Dr. Bloksam has been invited to Lebanon by the Armenian
Heritage Club of the American University of Beirut (AUB) to give
lectures on the Armenian Genocide.

The committee of the Armenian Heritage club accompanied Dr. Bloksam
during the meeting. The Catholicos praised the Armenian students for
their smart idea of inviting a prominent and foreign scholar to Lebanon
to talk about the Armenian Genocide. His Holiness also praised the
lecturer for having given special attention to the Armenian Genocide
both in his research and public and scholarly lectures.

The Armenian Pontiff then expressed his views concerning research
on the Armenian Genocide, its introduction to and recognition by the
international community. In this context, His Holiness stressed the
importance of giving special attention to the fact that the Armenian
Genocide remains unpunished, to the dictates of international law
regarding this issue.

He also spoke about the importance of reassessing the issue of the
Genocide' s recognition according to the possibilities granted by
the international tribunals in Rome and Brussels so the process can
periodically be expanded to include the issue of compensation.

Dr. Bloksam shared the Pontiff's approaches and in his turn stressed
the importance referring to those countries that can be considered
accomplices to the Armenian Genocide because of their silence.

Dr. Bloksam is the author of many books and articles, among them "The
Great Game of Genocide - Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction
of the Ottoman Armenians", a publication about the Armenian Genocide.


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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates
of the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the
history and mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer
to the web page of the Catholicosate, The
Cilician Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is
located in Antelias, Lebanon.