YEREVAN. - It is very important to remember what happened in 1915 and even earlier, German Ambassador to Armenia Hans-Jochen Schmidt told journalists April 24. Ambassador Hans-Jochen Schmidt, accompanied by a Lepsius House delegation, visited the Memorial to Armenian Genocide victims.

Johannes Lepsius played his role in recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the German ambassador said.

He pointed out parallels between the Armenian Genocide and Jewish Holocaust. It is necessary to know what happened and feel responsible. Both the government and NGOs have their roles in it, said Hans-Jochen Schmidt.

Many states have recognized the Armenian Genocide. Uruguay was the first to do it in 1965. The Armenian Genocide has since been recognized by Russia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, as well as by 42 of the U.S. states. The Armenian Genocide has also been recognized by Vatican, the European Parliament, and World Church Council.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives approved an Armenian Genocide resolution on March 4.