Memory of Armenian Genocide victims honoured in Nicosia

A commemorative event to honour and remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide was held in Nicosia on Tuesday, in the presence of the President of Parliament, state officials, the Representative of the Armenian Religious Group in the House of Representatives, heads and representatives of the parliamentary parties and many Amrenians.

Addressing the event, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris stated that Cyprus consistently supports the Armenian people in their ongoing effort for recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the international community.

Syllouris said that more than ten thousand Armenian refugees, who arrived to Cyprus since the end of the 19th century, were integrated in the Cypriot society and gradually became a vital and solid part of it, living to date in harmony with the rest of the islands communities.

Their representation in the House of Representatives of Cyprus is the political proof of this development, he noted.

Syllouris recalled that the Parliament of Cyprus was the first Parliament in Europe in 1975 to recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide. Another two resolutions followed in 1982 and 1990, condemning the Armenian Genocide and recognizing April 24 as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in Cyprus. In 2015, the Cypriot parliament passed a resolution penalising denial of genocide, he noted.

Unfortunately, he stressed, until today Turkey denies responsibility for its cruel crime, encouraged by the fact that some states do not recognize the Armenian genocide.

Source: Cyprus News Agency