Paraguay Senate Recognizes Armenian Genocide

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By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor

On Thursday,
October 29, the Chamber of Senators of Paraguay unanimously adopted a declaration
recognizing the Armenian Genocide and denouncing it as a crime against
humanity.

“This
statement of the Paraguayan Parliament will lead to greater recognition and a
rescue of the historical memory,” Paraguayan Senator Desiree Masi told Agencia Prensa Armenia. Senator Masi
presented the project of the Armenian Genocide recognition in the Congress of
Paraguay.

“There was
pressure, particularly for the term ‘genocide’…that term seems not only right,
but just. It claims for all what meant the extermination of the Armenian people
and the recognition of crimes against humanity, which means that at some point
there must be some kind of reparation. It is important to remember not to
repeat history again. Recognizing who was the victim and who was the culprit
makes you know the history,” said Senator Masi.

The Armenian
Genocide resolution was supported by all main political parties and adopted
unanimously. This decision was well-received in Armenia, as Paraguay becomes
the 27th country to officially recognize the 1915 Armenian Genocide by
Ottoman Turkey.

“The continuity
of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide proves that the
crimes against humanity have no statute of limitation, and the humanity
continues to recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide even 100 years after
it was committed,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said, according to
Public Radio of Armenia. “With this
step the Senate of Paraguay made an important contribution to the international
efforts of preventing genocides and crimes against humanity,” Nalbandian stated.

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