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World-renowned French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour on Thursday posted on his Facebook account his well-known song, titled “Ils sont tombés” (“They have Fallen”), in memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.

“Today, on April 24, we commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This song, written in 1975 by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz, was for the 60th anniversary [of the Genocide]. There is still no justice, no recognition, no reparation,” Aznavour wrote.      

All Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul were arrested on April 24, 1915 and, subsequently, they were killed. This date has become the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.   

The 1915-1923 events are considered by many historians as a state-supported mass murder - genocide. Armenia states that the death toll exceeds 1.5 million people; the half of all Armenians at the beginning of the last century.

The fact of the Armenian Genocide is formally recognized by many countries. It was first recognized in 1965 by Uruguay. The Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey is also recognized by France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, and 44 of the 50 US states. Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia likewise have made similar decisions. Russia, on the other hand, has adopted two official statements condemning the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide is also recognized by the Vatican, the European Parliament, and the World Council of Churches.

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