YEREVAN—The UK’s Ambassador to Armenia Katherine Leach told reporters in Yerevan on Friday that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected an invitation to join commemorations of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan on April 24.
“He replied to say that he understood the huge importance of the centenary year for Armenia and Armenians all over the world, and he regretted he wasn’t able to be here in person,” the diplomat said.
Ambassador Leach added that the Church of England is sending representatives, saying that she would be able to confirm the details later.
Cameron will likely visit Turkey on April 24 to join commemorations of the Battle of Gallipoli, which Turkish officials have decided to mark on April 24 this year for the first time, ostensibly in an attempt to derail commemorations of the Armenian Genocide.
Asked whether Cameron will visit Turkey, Leach said she had no details yet, but that there will certainly be high level British involvement.
“If I am invited, and I very much hope that I will be, I will of course visit Tsitsernakaberd,” she added.