NEW YORK — On Wednesday, September 24, during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, President Serge Sargisian of Armenia made a stand for recognition of the Armenian Genocide and exasperated with Turkey’s foot-dragging with regard to the ratification of the protocols, said, “To hell with your ratification.”
Sargisian was the 11th speaker to take the podium this morning, where he discussed a wide range of issues facing Armenians across the globe.
Sargisian began his speech recalling the centennial of World War I, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the UN. In this context, Sargisian highlighted 2015 as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, stating that “it was an unprecedented crime aimed at eliminating the nation and depriving it of its homeland: a crime that continues to be an unhealed scar for each Armenian.”
Standing at what he labeled the podium of “Honor and Responsibility,” Sargisian thanked Uruguay, France, Russia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Greece, Slovakia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Canada, and the Vatican for their “recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.”
Sargisian also called out Turkey’s 99-year international campaign of genocide denial “since denial is a phase of the crime of genocide.”