Belgium Says Bill Criminalizing Armenian Genocide Denial Important

President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Belgium Christine Defraigne visits Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on Nov. 1, 2016 (Photo: parliament.am)
President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Belgium Christine Defraigne visits Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on Nov. 1, 2016 (Photo: parliament.am)

President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Belgium Christine Defraigne visits Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on Nov. 1, 2016 (Photo: parliament.am)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—President of the Belgian Senate Christine Defraigne visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on Tuesday, accompanied by Vice-Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Hermine Naghdalyan and Head of the Armenia-Belgium Deputy Friendship Group Shirak Torosyan, according to the Armenian National Assembly press service.

Defraigne and members of her delegation laid flowers at the memorial to the Armenian Genocide victims and paid tribute to the memory of the victims with a minute of silence.

Noting that Belgium was one of the first countries to recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide, Defraigne said “We continue the work at the Senate and we attach importance to the adoption of a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, which is important for the heirs of both genocide victims and its perpetrators. We would like the Armenian and Turkish communities to come together one day.”

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