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Music by Komitas opened a conference at the UN headquarters in New York. The event  was initiated by Armenia’s Permanent Mission to UN the Voice of America reported. 

According to Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mher Margaryan, the Armenian nation passed through the horrors of genocide and has a special obligation to unite efforts to prevent genocide.

Executive Director of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect Simon Adams, in turn, noted that April 24, 2020 will mark the 105th anniversary of start of the killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of Armenia, decided to declare December 9 as International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The day was chosen because that day in 1948, the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The resolution was adopted by consensus at the 103rd Plenary Session of the 69th Congress; it was endorsed by 80 members of the Assembly.

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