YEREVAN (news.am)—Reliable documents indicating the Armenian Genocide took place during the Ottoman Empire in 1915 are preserved in the Armenian National Archive, the director of the archives, Amatuni Virabyan, told the reporters Wednesday.
The documents archive stories of 10,000 eyewitnesses of the bloody events dating to 1914-1915. There are also stories of the eyewitnesses recorded in 1916 describing events in 700 villages of Western Armenia.
Virabyan said the archive will publish three volumes in 2015 based on these records. Each book will chronicle the fate of residents of Van, Bitlis and Erzrum.
The book will be published in Armenian, English, German, French and Russian languages.
In addition to the book, there are 2000 documents recorded based on reports of Russian soldiers and Armenian volunteers. Digital copies of the documents will become available online beginning in 2015.
The National Archives Institute is also working on compiling a list of Genocide victims.
The documents preserved in the Armenian National Archive are open not only to citizens of Armenia but foreigners as well, said Virabyan.
He added that the institute has 350 million documents related to the history of Armenia, the first of which dates back to 1607.