‘My visit to Armenian Genocide memorial symbolizes remembrance of entire Francophone family’ – OIF Secretary General Michaelle Jean says in Tsitsernakaberd
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS. Michaelle Jean, the Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), says she is certain that mankind must continue living in peace and solidarity, and all peoples must continue living together.
Jean visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan on September 11 to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
She told ARMENPRESS that her visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial symbolizes the remembrance of the entire Francophone family.
“Living Together: this is the motto under which the La Francophonie summit will be held in Yerevan. Leaders of Francophone family member countries will participate in the summit,” she said, thanking Armenia for choosing such a slogan.
After the visit to Tsitsernakaber, Jean shared her impressions by quoting Nobel Prize laureate, French poet Anatole France: The little blood that is left is precious blood that will give birth to a heroic generation. A nation that does not want to die, does not die.”
This is the second visit of Michaelle Jean to Armenia, the first being in 2015, when the country hosted the Francophonie permanent council and ministerial council sittings.
In 2015, she planted a fir tree in the Armenian Genocide memorial’s park, which she watered during this visit.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan