American states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Delaware and Michigan have adopted a joint resolution on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, reports Armenian National Committee of America on its Facebook page.
During an April 25 round table in Yerevan Head of Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan has said that the process of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide is to be expanded for there is no other way of affecting Turkey and its denial policy.
Member of Turkish "International Bridge" association, Prof at Medical Faculty of Dokuz Eylul University Cem Terzi has told the journalists during a press conference in Yerevan that the Turkish society is ripening for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Suren Manukyan, Deputy Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, said during a round table in Yerevan that April 24, 2015 had demonstrated a scientific and political consensus on the indisputability of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.
During the annual briefing press secretary of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf said that in his annual speech president Barack Obama put out a very lengthy statement, a very powerful statement speaking to the historical events of a hundred years ago.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio referred to Turkish mass killings of Armenians as "genocide" in a statement released to mark the 100th anniversary.
The European Movement International (EMI), a pan-European organisation promoting European integration, has adopted by unanimity a resolution on the Armenian Genocide during its Federal Assembly taking place in Riga on 24-25 April. With the adoption of this text, the European Movement is "joining its voice to over twenty states, international organisations and institutions including the European Parliament (in 1987 and in 2015), the Council of Europe (in 2001), and EURONEST PA (in 2015) which have already recognised the Armenian Genocide."
The statement is as follows, "President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck participated in a ceremony held in Berlin Cathedral on April 23rd 2015, during which baseless allegations were directed towards Turkish identity, history and society. Contrary to law and historical facts, President Gauck has not the right to attribute on the Turkish people a crime which they have not committed. It is expected from the authorities who represent social unity, integrity and harmony, to take the sensitivities of all the members of the society into consideration and express a more embracing approach.
Ankara has criticized US President Barack Obama's stand on the events of 1915. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement, which says, "We have noted with disappointment that President Barack Obama's statement on April 23, 2015 is highly far from assessing, based on a just memory, the painful period of the shared history between the Turks and Armenians. It is problematic that the statement is not only disconnected from the fact that what happened during World War I was as sensitive for the Turkish people as it was for the Armenians, but also that it reflects a unilateral point of view. We reject this selective and biased understanding of justice.
The statement published on the Turkish Foreign Ministry's website says, "French President Francois Hollande participated, as he had announced long time ago, at the ceremony held in Yerevan on 24 April 2015, which instead of being a commemoration for the losses incurred in the past, turned out to be an occasion to slander Turkish identity, history and society. Regrettably, he once again reiterated his support to the Armenian nationalist narrative.
DW reports that in the run-up to discussions in the German parliament, the leader of the Central Council of Jews in Germany declared the killings to have been genocide. "What happened a hundred years ago in the Ottoman Empire, the deportation and murder of more than a million Armenians, was a genocide," the Council's president, Josef Schuster, told the Passauer Neue Presse.
Ankara has responded to Putin's statement on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide for the second time. Turkish MFA statement reads: "We reject and condemn the labelling of the 1915 events as "genocide" by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, despite all our warnings and calls. Such political statements, which are flagrant violation of law, are null and void for Turkey.
On April 24 Armenian and Russian presidents met in Yerevan.KREMLIN.RU reports that during the meeting Putin emphasized the special allied character of the Armenian-Russian relations. The Armenian president expressed his gratitude to Putin for attending the commemorative events dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
The Jerusalem Post reports that MK members Nacman Shai and Anat Berko are representing Israel at the commemoration event of genocide victims in Yerevan. "I am proud to represent the State of Israel and the Jewish people at this historic event,"Shai said in a conversation with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan."We understand, perhaps more than any other people, the pain and suffering of the Armenian people and we share in this terrible tragedy with you."
On April 24 representatives of Armenian community in Georgia demonstrated in front of Turkish embassy in Tbilisi. The demonstrators were demanding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Upon the centennial of the Armenian Genocide Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper addressed to the Armenian nation marking that April 24 is a mournful date related to dreadful events that had taken place in the Ottoman Empire.
"We have stated many times that our struggle does not end in 2015 - it will just enter a more mature phase. Let us not forget that we have had an opportunity to raise the issue of the Armenian Genocide, and condemn it only after the declaration of independence of the third Republic of Armenia. And that means that our struggle has just started. And it will be more coordinated and purposeful in the upcoming years," President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with the Hurriyet.
On April 24 the first commemorative demonstration on the Armenian Genocide is to take place in Rome since 1975. "Roman Committee on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide" is the organizer of the event.
Turkey shares Armenian's pain with sincerity and understands them, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at his commemoration message read at Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate, during a ceremony dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
"I refuse to believe that history controls our destiny. I believe we craft our destiny, and we are capable of changing the development course of humanity. I refuse to believe that transitory interests can shatter humanity's dreams of freedom and peace cherished for centuries. Morality and conscience are inherent to our essence: otherwise, we would not have developed international humanitarian law, we would not have committed ourselves to universal moral values, we would not have humanitarian organizations, and finally, we would not be assembling here today," Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a state dinner held today at the Presidential Palace in honor of the senior-level delegations and heads of state who have arrived in Armenia.
"Turkish proposal of establishing the so-called commission of historians has only one goal, which is to delay the process of the Armenian Genocide recognition," President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with Hurriyet.
Turkey's Labor Party (EMEK) has disseminated a statement on the Armenian Genocide Centennial wherein it calls the actions of the Young Turks in 1915 as planned cleaning the territory of Turkey from non-Turks and non-Muslims.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's participation in the Armenian Genocide Centennial events will not edit Moscow's careful geopolitical maneuvering, Russian analyst Sergey Markedonov has told ArmInfo.
Russia extends its cordial condolences to Armenian people, who suffered one of the greatest tragedies of the world. 1.5 mln Armenians were killed, 600 thsd were deported, unique historical and architectural monuments and invaluable books and manuscripts were destroyed in 1915, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration event at Tsitsernalaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan.
"We are ready to embark upon a constructive dialogue with Turkey in case it faces its own history," president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with Hurriyet newspaper.
"With our participation in these events we make our contribution to the process of reconciliation, process of expanding peace in the region, in the world, in the Middle East," the president said. He said recognition of the Armenian Genocide is another act of peace. Hollande said important words have been repeatedly made in Turkey, but there are still the ones that are yet to be pronounced to relieve the paid. The French president hopes the Armenian-Turkish border will open in the near future. He touched upon the Karabakh conflict saying France contributes to the peace process.
We have no moral right to forget the Armenian Genocide victims and bury in oblivion the shocking facts of the past, " President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic said at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian offered the following comment on President Obama's April 24th 'Armenian Remembrance Day' statement.
Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nablandian welcomes the German President Joachim Gauck's statement on the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
The Republic of Armenia has never declared any territorial claims either to Turkey, or to any other country since our independence, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper.
"The ideal scenario on April 24 Remembrance Day this year would be giving tribute to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide jointly with the Turkish President on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd, and proclaiming from the Memorial to the whole world that we join our efforts in condemning the crimes of genocide of the past thus preventing the possible recurrence of genocide and other crimes against humanity," President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with Hurriyet newspaper.