Delegations from more than 40 countries arrived in Tsitsernakaberd to commemorate Armenian Genocide victims

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The delegations of foreign countries and international organizations, as well as the Ambassadors accredited in Armenia and parliamentary delegation have arrived in Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915 under the Ottoman Empire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades have come to Tsitsernakaberd.

Among those who arrived are Ambassadors of Switzerland, Romania, Poland, China, Brazil, Belarus, Ambassador-at-large of Kyrgyzstan, the delegation of Italy.

In addition, Tsitsernakaberd complex hosted the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan Andrey Sorokin; the Armenian office Chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross; Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea; Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament; the CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha; Head of the UN Office in Geneva, President of the European People's Party Joseph Daul; Deputy Chairman of the CIS Committee for Cooperation Vladimir Garpun.

In the Memorial Complex also arrived representatives of the parliaments of Israel, Iran, Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Chile, Bulgaria, Belgium, Syria, Greece, Cyprus, representatives of the governments of Uruguay, Germany, Jordan, the USA, the UAE, Malta, Canada, Lebanon, Argentina, Sweden.

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch are also in Tsitsernakaberd.

The Memorial Complex also receives the Chargé d’Affaires and the accredited Ambassadors of the Republic of Kuwait, Japan, Kazakhstan, India, Slovenia, Portugal, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Denmark and Croatia.

In 2015, Armenia commemorates the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. The high-level delegations from around the world are invited to the country to pay tribute to the genocide victims. The main commemorative events are scheduled for April 24.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 was the first genocide of the twentieth century. Historically, Turkey denies the accusations in the mass extermination of about one and a half million Armenians during the First World War and take the Western criticism quite hard.

The Armenian Genocide is recognized by many countries, including Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the lower house of the Parliament of Italy, the majority of the US states, as well as the Parliaments of Chile, Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Belgium and Wales, the National Council of Switzerland, the House of Commons of Canada, the Polish Sejm.

Text by AMI NOVOSTI-ARMENIA

Pictures by RIA Novosti