Armenian News – NEWS.am presents the daily summary of the main news on the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide as of 24.04.22:
The Armenian Genocide took place in several phases. But its beginning is considered to be April 24, 1915.
From 1892 to 1923, the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II and later the Young Turks subjected Armenians in Western Armenia, Cilicia and the Ottoman Empire to mass deportation and extermination.
About 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923. More than half a million Armenians dispersed around the world. As a result of the Genocide, Western Armenia was left without its indigenous people and Armenians were dispossessed of their historical homeland.
- The Armenian Genocide is recognized by many countries, including Russia, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece , Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Vatican and most US states. . It was first recognized in 1965 by Uruguay.
This calamity is also recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches and several other international organizations.
Commemorations of this tragedy are held in virtually every country where Armenians live. However, the main commemorative events take place at the Armenian Genocide Memorial on Tsitsernakaberd Hill in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
Armenian authorities, members of governments, representatives of the diplomatic corps, political parties, members of the Armenian Diaspora and many guests visit Tsitsernakaberd on this day to pay their respects to the victims of the Genocide.
The annual day-long procession began with an official wreath laying ceremony at the hilltop memorial led by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Vahagn Khachaturian.
- Thousands of people gathered in Yerevan on Sunday to take part in the annual march commemorating the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
The annual torchlight procession dedicated to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide this year had the slogan “Wake up, Lao”.
Second President Robert Kocharyan and Third President Serzh Sargsyan also took part in this procession.
And Artur Vanetsyan – the leader of the “With Honor” opposition faction of the National Assembly (AN) and chairman of the opposition Fatherland of Armenia Party -, who has been participating in a sit-in for a week now on Freedom Square in downtown Yerevan and its supporters also joined in this torchlight procession.
The torchlight procession headed towards the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.
Along with the torchlight procession in Yerevan, a similar procession took place in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh.
Torchlight processions are held every year in Yerevan and Stepanakert. But this year, these processions are more crucial amid the ongoing crisis of the Artsakh issue.
- Turkey continues to deny a premeditated effort by the government to exterminate the Armenian population of Ottoman Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Armenians themselves were massacring Muslim civilians and their mass deportations to a Syrian desert were “the most reasonable measure that could be taken” by the Ottoman government.
Meanwhile, Turkish Member of Parliament Garo Paylan, who is of Armenian descent, has submitted a bill on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, reports Agos.
The bill introduced on the occasion of the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide also requires the identification of those responsible for the crime.
However, Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Mustafa Sentop returned HDP MP Garo Paylan’s bill on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, saying it contradicts the provisions of the internal regulations, NTV reports.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in turn makes the gesture of the racist organization “Gray Wolves” to demonstrators from the Armenian community of Uruguay marching on the eve of the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
- The international community continues to refer to the Armenian Genocide.
US President Joe Biden said in a statement that “107 years later, the American people continue to honor all Armenians who perished in the Genocide.”
“After enduring genocide, the people of Armenia were determined to rebuild their community and culture, so often in new homes and new lands, including in the United States,” he said.
The Cypriot government, in turn, said that Turkey continues to deny its crimes against the Armenian people
The French Embassy also expressed its support and sympathy to the Armenian people.
While the British Ambassador, in turn, laid a wreath at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan.