Cyprus made significant contribution to genocides prevention: Armenia's FM
YEREVAN, 2 APRIL, ARMENPRESS. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Edward Nalbandian has issued a statement on the law criminalizing the denial of the genocides adopted by the Cypriot parliament. As the Press, Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia informed “Armenpress” that the statement runs as follows:
"Armenia welcomes the unanimous adoption of law criminalizing the denial of the genocides adopted by the Cypriot parliament. This is a symbolic event, on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
By the adoption of this law, Cyprus made an important contribution to the noble cause of the prevention of genocides and crimes against humanity".
Previously it was reported that the draft law, criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial, unanimously was adopted at the Cypriot parliament. “Armenpress” was informed about this from the office of the Armenian deputy of Cyprus Vartkes Mahdessian. The voting took place on April 2, literally minutes ago.
The genocide deniers in Cyprus will be punished with imprisonment for five years and pay a fine of 10,000 Euros. Cyprus is the 4th country in Europe after Greece, Slovakia and Switzerland, which criminalizes the denial of Armenian Genocide.
On these days the delegation headed by the president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Galust Sahakyan is in Cyprus on official visit.