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Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service in memory of Sumgait Pogrom victims in Beirut

Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service in memory of Sumgait Pogrom victims in Beirut

YEREVAN, 2 MARCH, ARMENPRESS. On March 1, the Surp Nshan Mother Church of Beirut served a Divine Liturgy, which was followed by a Requiem Service in memory of the Armenians who fell victim to the Sumgait Pogrom that took place on 27-29 February 1988.

 As the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia reports to “Armenpress”, among those attending the event were Armenia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ashot Kocharyan, Representative of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the Near East, members of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Lebanon Central Committee, leaders of Armenian organizations and national structures, as well as MPs, public and political figures and journalists.

 In his speech, Armenia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ashot Kocharyan mentioned that the genocide perpetrated against the Armenians of Sumgait 27 years ago was an example of the first manifestation of the policy on ethnic cleansing in the territory of the Soviet Union. Talking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Ambassador emphasized that the people of Nagorno-Karabakh were compelled to defend their right to live freely in a war that was imposed. 

On the same day, a Requiem Service was performed in memory of the innocent victims of the Sumgait Pogrom under the direction of Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia at the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Mother Temple of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia.



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