BENALMADENA, Spain— The city of Benalmadena, Spain officially recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide on Friday, August 12, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said. According to the ministry, Benalmadena’s city council voted unanimously for the declaration.
“Benalmadena has joined to more than twenty cities in Spain that have recognized the Armenian Genocide,” the ministry said.
The first country to recognize the Armenian Genocide was Uruguay in 1965. Thirty countries have since recognized the Armenian Genocide, of which include Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, and 43 U.S. states.
It is recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches and other international organizations and coalitions.