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French PM Edouard Philippe to attend Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremony

YEREVAN, APRIL 20, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe will attend the ceremony dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Paris on April 24 which will take place at 18:00 local time near the monument of Komitas, ARMENPRESS reports Nouvelles d`Armenie informs, adding that the ceremony is of historical importance this year, given its official nature. By the decree of French President Emmanuel Macron April 24 has been declared national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Initiated by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, commemoration events will be held also in other cities of France, including Lyon and in Marseille.

President Emmanuel Macron said France will make April 24 “a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide” on February 5. Speaking to the Armenian community at a dinner organized by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organisations of France (CCAF), Macron said: “France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killing of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognised it in law”, he said, adding that France will in the next weeks make April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

Edited and translated by Tigran Sirekanyan

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