Uruguay Parliament Marks 89th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Resolution on ?declaring April 24 as day to condemn and reject all genocides’ to be submitted to United Nations

MONTEVIDEO–For the fourth year running–on April 24–the Parliament of Uruguay–in cooperation with the Armenian National Committee–organized the year’s main commemorative event on the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The grand hall of the Parliament–reserved for special ceremonies–was packed with members of the Uruguayan Armenian community. Present at the invitation of the Parliament’s Presidency were high-level diplomats–including the ambassadors of Greece–Russia–Peru–Bolivia–and Romania.

Those who addressed the solemn gathering included Members of Parliament from the four political groupings represented in Parliament: the Colorado Party–the National party–the New Sector/Space Coalition–and the Progressive Encounter/Broad Front Coalition.

The left-wing Progressive Encounter’s representative–Enrique Pintado–who is Chairman of the Chamber of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs–announced–"Our Committee unanimously decided ?to declare April 24 as a day to condemn and reject all genocides’ and will pursue with our foreign minister the submission of this decision to an upcoming session of the United Nations."

On behalf of the Armenian community of Uruguay–Sarkis Kouyoumdjian addressed the commemorative gathering–expressing words of appreciation to the parliament–government–and people of Uruguay for their support of the Armenian Case.

Other Armenian Genocide commemorative events taking place in Uruguay April 22-25 included a youth vigil–a showing of the movie Ararat–a service for the repose of souls–and a wreath-laying ceremony. The events were organized by the Armenian National Committee and "Armenia" youth organization.

News sources: Uruguay Armenian National Committee and Diocesan Executive.

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