From left, Armenian Member of Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan, CCAF co-chair Ara Toranian, French President Emanuel Macron, and CCAF co-chair Mourad Papazian (Photo: HDP Facebook page)

French President Macron Pledges to Add Armenian Genocide to French Calendar, to Visit Artsakh

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PARIS (Public Radio of Armenia) — French President Emmanuel Macron attended the annual gala dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France on January 31, AFP reported.

The dinner was also attended by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Lyon Mayor Georges Képénékian, Members of Parliament, ethnic Armenian lawmaker Patrick Devedjian, as well as the representatives of the Armenian and Jewish communities of France. Istanbul-Armenian Turkish Parliament member Garo Paylan (HDP) was a guest of honor at the gala dinner.

During his remarks Macron touched upon a number of issues concerning the Armenian community, including the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

“The fight for justice and recognition is our fight. We carry out this fight by remembering and designating a genocide commemoration day in the Republic’s calendar”, Macron said, adding that a decision on this issue will be adopted in the coming months.

As for the relations with Turkey, the French president said he will try to engage Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a regular dialogue: “Sometimes contrary to media desires”. “I have told him everything. Our result in this sense is the release of a number of journalists. There are a lot of well-grounded doubts over dialogue with Turkey, but in my opinion the results show that the message of France is not addressed in emptiness”, Emmanuel Macron said.

The French President warmly welcomed Garo Paylan, stating that his voice is heard sometimes in an unequal atmosphere, but it is much more important than the loud statements of many others.

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