Uruguay to Ask UN to Declare April 24 Genocide Condemnation International Day

MONTEVIDEO (Armenpress)–The parliament of Uruguay made a unanimous decision Wednesday to ask the country’s foreign ministry to submit to the United Nations a resolution declaring April 24 as "Genocide Condemnation World Day," Diego Karamanukian from Uruguay Armenian Radio reported.

The parliament decision was largely due to the efforts of an Armenian member of the Uruguay parliament–Lian Kechijian. The decision asks the Uruguay foreign ministry to ask the UN to consider it at its next session.

Uruguay was the first country to officially recognize the Armenian genocide–when the country’s Senate and House and Representatives adopted a resolution on April 20–1965. On March 26–2004–the President of Uruguay signed a law designating April 24 as a "Day of Recognition for the Armenian Martyrs."

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