YEREVAN (PanARMENIAN.Net) — The first sitting of the state committee for the coordination of events dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide took place here last week. The committee is headed by President Serge Sargisian.
At the meeting Sargisian thanked those present, including Artsakh President Bako Sahakian, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I for agreeing to participate.
Sargisian noted in his statement, although 96 years have passed since the launch of the Genocide, the Armenian Genocide remains a subject for discussion.
“It is impossible to understand and accept a policy of the extermination of its own citizens, planned by a state. The consequences of the Armenian Genocide have not been dealt with up till now, with the descendants of Genocide perpetrators sparing no effort to distort the truth behind this crime against humanity. Those who deny the Armenian Genocide view our tragedy as a mere source of inconvenience on the international scene, refusing to repent for the crime perpetrated.”
“Armenia is ready to discuss cooperation with neighboring states. However, regardless of everything, we’ll never tolerate Armenian Genocide negation and disrespect for the memory of Genocide victims,” Sargisian stressed.
According to Karekin II, the committee will play an important role in the proper organization of commemorative events both in Armenia and abroad.