YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenia welcomed the German Bundestag’s recognition of the Genocide committed against Armenians and other Christian peoples.
President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday sent letters of gratitude to German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bundestag President Norbert Lammert on the occasion of adoption of an Armenian Genocide bill by the German Bundestag.
Sarkisian expressed gratitude to them and all German political and civil forces, which said their decisive word on the issue. The President voiced hope that the resolution would have its unique place in the recognition and prevention of genocides.
“The adoption of the bill recognizing the Armenian Genocide was really a historic step not only for Armenia and the Armenian people, Germany and the German people, but also the whole civilized mankind. It symbolizes the superiority of democratic universal values and emphasizes Germany’s consistent role in the preservation of those values. It’s a message to the world that the crimes against humanity are not only remembered 100 years later, but are also condemned with accurate characterization,” Sarkisian said.
“German President Joachim Gauck’s statement on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, along with this Bundestag resolution, is a valuable contribution not only to the process of international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide but also to the fight for prevention of genocides and crimes against humanity,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.
“Germany and Austria, two former allies of the Ottoman Empire acknowledge their share of responsibility in the perpetration of the Armenian Genocide, while the Turkish authorities keep denying the obvious fact of the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire,” Nalbandian said.
“The international community has been waiting for Turkey to face its history for 101 years,” he added.