Union of Russian Armenians: Armenia to fight for historical truth

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Armenia is organizing commemorative events dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the

Armenian Genocide on April 22-24

On April 22-24, Yerevan will host the events dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide under the Ottoman rule. The Vice-President of the Union of Russian Armenians Lusik Ghukasyan is convinced that the genocide should concern not only Armenians, but other nations, too.

The commemorative events in Yerevan will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The events dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide under the Ottoman rule will be held in Yerevan on April 22-24. The leadership of the republic invited the Heads of State and Governments from dozens of countries.

"The State Commission on the Coordination of Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide has been established in Armenia, and this Commission has adopted the Pan-Armenian declaration. It expresses the united will of the Armenian people, reiterating the commitment of Armenia to achieve worldwide recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the prevention of genocides, the restoration of the rights of people subjected to genocide and the establishment of historical justice," Vice-President of the Union of Russian Armenians Lusik Ghukasyan said to Radio Sputnik.

Despite the fact that it has been 100 years since the tragedy happened, Turkey hasn`t recognized the genocide of more than one million of Armenians. In the recent interview with the Turkish TV channel TRT, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if Armenians were sincere in the issue of what had happened in1915, they should leave the issue to the historians. "We are not obliged to recognize the Armenian Genocide at someone else's bidding. Historians should deal with the matter. We have presented more than one million documents. We let them study, if we are guilty, we are ready to take the necessary step," said the Turkish President.

The authorities of the two countries have attempted to resolve the issue. In 2009, Armenia and Turkey signed protocols on establishing diplomatic relations. It was planned to open the crossing points and to develop bilateral relations. However, according to Lusik Ghukasyan, nothing has been done since that time.

"Armenia and Turkey are neighbors and we can`t avoid it. The Turkish party insisted that the commission for studying history be created, Armenia also agreed on that, though it believes these facts are generally known. But, nevertheless, the protocols "got hung up", they weren`t implemented," said Lusik Ghukasyan.

According to her, the Armenian Genocide is not only the matter of Armenians` concern, because it has actually become a curtain-raiser for other tragic events.

"We should recall the words of Pope John Paul II: "The Armenian Genocide had been the curtain-raiser event for the horror that occurred during the two world wars, for countless regional conflicts. "Many people in the world remember about it today. The Armenian people are very grateful to all the countries and nations, who have condemned the genocide," concluded Vice-President of the Union of Russian Armenians Lusik Ghukasyan.

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