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Egypt sends delegation for Armenian genocide centennial

Delegations from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are also expected to attend

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Apr 2015
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People gathered in Yerevan, Armenia, in April 2015, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. (Photo: Reuters)
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An Egyptian delegation of Christian clergymen will attend the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide this week, state news agency MENA reported Sunday.

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II will head a delegation of 55 people, including Armenian expats in Egypt and journalists, to attend the genocide’s centennial in the Armenian capital Yerevan from 20 – 26 April.

Several heads of state are also expected to attend the memorial, including French President François Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. Delegations from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait and UAE will also be present.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of them were killed between 1915 and 1917 as the Ottoman Empire was collapsing, and have long tried to get international recognition of the massacres as genocide.

Turkey, born from the remains of the Ottoman Empire, has vehemently denied a systematic mass killing of Armenians. Both countries have no diplomatic ties over the issue.

 

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Kegham
21-04-2015 07:40pm
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The Armenian genocide is a fact.
When you mention "Armenians say", it hurts. 26 members of my extended family were massacred during the Armenian Genocide 1915-1923 period. My mother was a survivor and she told me many sad stories about the persecution of Armenians. This is a fact and Turkey should recognise and apologyse. Thank you Pope Tawadross. Thank you Egypt and all the Arab countries for opening your doors and your hearts to the Armenian refugees. Shoukran lakom
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expat
19-04-2015 02:15pm
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very honorable move
The christians should stand united against this atrocity and name it clearly as what it was, a first holocaust in the 20th century! instead of this some nations fear for their economies more than the truth turkey,especially under erdowan, is always complaining and mourning about others, but cannot face its own wrong-doings.
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expat
19-04-2015 02:15pm
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very honorable move
The christians should stand united against this atrocity and name it clearly as what it was, a first holocaust in the 20th century! instead of this some nations fear for their economies more than the truth turkey,especially under erdowan, is always complaining and mourning about others, but cannot face its own wrong-doings.
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Tarek Ghaly
19-04-2015 01:15pm
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MR ORDOGAN THE PRESENT DAY OTTOMAN KHALIPH IS IN DENIAL AND SUFFER FROM SELECTIVE AMNESIA
We haven't heard a word of Condemnation in the last few years from the outspoken KHALIPHA ORDOGAN about the systematic slaughter of Christians in the Middle East in Iraq,Syria,Libya,and Egypt on the hands of ISIS ,THE MOSLEM BROTHERS , Gammaa Islamia, Elshabab, Boko Haram, Ansar Beit el Makdes etc etc... It is well overdue
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Tarek Ghaly
19-04-2015 01:15pm
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MR ORDOGAN THE PRESENT DAY OTTOMAN KHALIPH IS IN DENIAL AND SUFFER FROM SELECTIVE AMNESIA
We haven't heard a word of Condemnation in the last few years from the outspoken KHALIPHA ORDOGAN about the systematic slaughter of Christians in the Middle East in Iraq,Syria,Libya,and Egypt on the hands of ISIS ,THE MOSLEM BROTHERS , Gammaa Islamia, Elshabab, Boko Haram, Ansar Beit el Makdes etc etc... It is well overdue
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Berge Jololian
19-04-2015 12:53pm
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International Association of Genocide Scholars
It is not only the Armenians who properly characterize the events as genocide ("Armenians say.."), but the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and most historians (that are not employed by the Turkish state). The word genocide has legal responsibilities. Genocide is a crime.
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