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    Event for the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that took place in the Armenian Church in Nicosia

    The House of Representatives unequivocally condemns the unimaginable crime committed against the Armenian people, as it condemns the invasion, the ongoing occupation, the persecution of two hundred thousand people, the settlement and the massive violations of the human rights of the Greek Cypriots and is in favor of the observance of of international law and against any act of total or partial elimination of an ethnic, racial or religious group, as we saw in Nagorno-Karabakh, the President of the House of Representatives Annita Dimitriou said on Wednesday evening, during an event for the 109th anniversary of the Genocide of Armenian that took place in the Armenian Church in Nicosia.

    He added that the position of the Republic of Cyprus was and is clear, whether it concerns Cyprus, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, Ukraine, or any flagrant violation of international law, which should be treated as such and not with two meters and two stops.

    In her address during the event, Ms. Dimitriou said that the Armenian Genocide is one of the darkest moments in the history of the 20th century, beginning with the mass killings and violent persecutions of the Armenians of Constantinople on that day of April 1915, marking the history of the Armenian people, for centuries tormented by displacements, migrations, struggles and sacrifices in the path of the conquerors, with the most unhealed trauma in its modern history.

    “The planned natural annihilation of one and a half million Armenians and the expatriation with debilitating marches of extermination in the desert, among other horrible tortures, of hundreds of thousands more, up to the total exodus of the Christian populations of Asia from their primordial cradles, put an end to a history of centuries , during which our Armenian brothers excelled in the works of civilization and peace. “Thousands of Armenian refugees from this troubled period of modern world history fled to Cyprus, where they found a second homeland, strengthening the ever-growing Armenian element of the island, strengthening it with their toil, patience and ingenuity,” he noted.

    The Republic of Cyprus since 1965, through the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, later President of the Republic and Speaker of the Parliament Spyros Kyprianou, raised the issue of recognizing the Armenian Genocide at the UN General Assembly, being the first European country to recognize this heinous crime as genocide, while the House of Representatives by its resolution established April 24 as the National Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, continued the President of the House, adding that the preservation of the memory of this tragic anniversary and the consistent support of the just request of Armenia for historical cleansing recommends for the Cypriot parliament maximum priority and minimum tribute to the proud Armenian people, while recognizing the timeless contribution of thousands of Armenians to the political, economic, social and cultural life of the country.

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<p>He added that the Armenian Genocide is not only about the Armenian nation and the events of 1915, but about all of humanity and the very survival of civilization, adding that the sudden uprooting and mass extermination of a people is a recurring pattern in human history, <em> “in front of which the Cypriot people have stood with compassion and empathy, as we have also experienced it tragically on our own skin, even against the same, unrepentant, hostile state”.</em></p>
<p>“Given further the ethnic cleansing policy of the Turkish state in the occupied areas of Cyprus since 1974 and since then, but also the escalating provocation of Turkey towards the justices of the Republic of Cyprus and more broadly in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the House of Representatives unequivocally condemns the unimaginable crime committed against the Armenian people, as it condemns the invasion, the ongoing occupation, the persecution of two hundred thousand people, the colonization and the massive violations of the human rights of the Greek Cypriots and stands in favor of the observance of international law and against any act of total or partial elimination of an ethnic, racial or religious group, as we saw in Nagorno-Karabakh. With our Armenian brothers we aim to advance our common goals and well-intentioned interests in the face of our pressing national issues. Our position was and is clear, whether it concerns Cyprus, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, Ukraine, or any flagrant violation of international law, which must be treated as such and not with two standards “, he emphasized.</p>
<p>“In times when humanity is on fire and the developments both in our region and more widely worry us deeply, the Armenian people are once again being tested on other fronts and in general humanity and dignity itself are being tested, for us above all the restoration of historical justice and unconditional respect for universal values. Silence in the face of the insult to human dignity constitutes complicity and the only answer is unity and collectiveness”, concluded Mrs. Dimitriou.</p>
<p>In his own greeting, the <strong>Representative of the Armenian Community in the Parliament of Representatives Vartkes Mahtesian</strong>he said that 2024 marks 109 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, the first, as he noted, major genocide of the turbulent 20th century, adding that on April 24, 1915, 250 Armenian intellectuals of Istanbul were imprisoned, while a wave of arrests, massacres and deportations of Armenians to a vast area of ​​one million square kilometers in the Ottoman Empire.</p>
<p>He added that these events were not a lightning bolt, as in the period 1894-1896 Sultan Abdul Hamit had ordered the extermination of approximately 300,000 Armenians, while later, in 1909, he ordered the massacre of 30,000 Armenians in Adana.</p>
<p>“The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 was the catalyst for the implementation of the sick plan to exterminate the Armenians, a Christian people that the fanatical Young Turks saw as an obstacle to their vision of a pan-Turanic super-empire, with peoples of exclusively Turkish origin from the Balkans to the Siberia. That the Great Powers were fighting each other was the perfect opportunity, since the war monopolized the interest of the civilized world,” Mr. Mahtesian continued, adding that between 1915 and 1923 more than 1,500,000 innocent Armenians were “slaughtered or deported and were led on forced death marches in the Syrian desert of Der Zor, more than 800,000 Armenians took the bitter path of refugees and at least 100,000 converted to Islam, while equally important was the cultural genocide committed against the Armenian people”.</p>
<p >He added that remembering the sad but real events is not done out of hatred, enmity or obsession, but is a moral obligation, since through them humanity can learn lessons and, above all, prevent their repetition.</p>
<p> < p>“Unfortunately, nowadays Turkey has unmolested a new axis of evil along with Azerbaijan, with a barrage of attacks and other expansionist actions against the neighboring states of Cyprus, Armenia, Greece, Syria and Iraq. The culmination of all these hostilities was the occupation, in September 2023, of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), resulting in the displacement of more than 100,000 Armenian residents, with a history that goes back about 2,500 years,” he then emphasized.</p>
<p>He also said that as the drama of the refugees flooding Armenia was unfolding on television and in social media, the European Union, the United States of America and the United Nations were content with statements without a substantive response, “such as has been going on for 50 years for our Cyprus, something that is far from their substantial contribution and immediate reaction to the war in Ukraine”.</p>
<p>In closing, Mr. Mahtesian expressed his sincere gratitude to Cyprus and all Cypriots, noting that Cyprus was one of the first new homelands of Genocide refugees, including his family, noting at the same time that Cyprus was the first country in Europe and the second in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide in 1975, criminalized its denial in 2015, and has always supported the Armenians, characterizing the geostrategic cooperation between Cyprus and Armenia as invaluable.</p>
<p>The event opened with a eulogy and greeting by the <strong> Archbishop of Armenians of Cyprus Horen Togramajian</strong>, while a program followed with artistic ensembles of the community and laying of wreaths by representatives of the political and religious world of Cyprus.</p>
<p>Earlier, he had arrive at the site of the march of the youth of the Armenian community from the center of Nicosia, with an intermediate stop at the Cyprus-Armenia Friendship Park and ending at the Armenian Genocide monument.</p>
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