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French mayors to mark Armenian Genocide anniversary in Lyon

17:56, 24.04.2012 Region: World News, Armenia, Turkey Theme: Politics

LYON. – Lyon city Mayor Gérard Collomb along with Villeurbanne Mayor Jean-Paul Bret, Décines Mayor Jérôme Sturlat, and Vaulx-en-velin Mayor Bernard Genin will attended an event in Lyon honoring the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish state in 1915, French Lyon Capitale reports.

Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) has organized a remembrance day within the frameworks of the day on genocides and crimes against humanity.

The world commemorates on April 24 the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century.

Commemoration actions are held in all states, people remember this monstrous crime against humanity as over one and a half million innocent Armenians were massacred in the Ottoman Empire, while hundreds of thousands were tortured and deported.

The fact of the Armenian Genocide is recognized by many states. It was first recognized in 1965 by Uruguay. In general, the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey has already been recognized by Russia, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, and 42 U.S. states.

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