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Acting Justice Minister of Armenia: We should always keep our powder dry

  • by Ashot Safaryan

  • Thursday, April 24, 11:47

History shows that Armenians should always keep their powder dry, Acting Justice Minister of Armenia Hrayr Tovmasyan told journalists at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial dedicated to the Armenian Genocide victims. 

"I am deeply convinced that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the international community and Turkey will be possible only after strong statehood is established in Armenia. Following the developments in Kessab, we say that Turks have not changed at all since 1915. But there is another question as well: have we changed since the Turks committed the Armenian Genocide 100 years ago? Have we become resolute to resist?"

Tovmasyan added that history shows that in the remote villages of Western Armenia where Armenians resisted the Turks the peaceful population suffered much fewer losses than in the villages and towns where Armenians failed to resist the Turkish aggression. 

Official Ankara keeps denying the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire that annihilated 1.5 million Armenians. Meanwhile, the fact of the Armenian Genocide has been recognized by 44 out of the 51 States of the USA, as well as by 29 countries, including Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, France, Poland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Greece, Cyprus, Vatican, Sweden. 

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