Karen Nazarian: Necessary to accept the past to reach lasting peace

The reconciliation process does not envisage only signing of agreements, Head of the Armenian Mission to the UN, Ambassador Karen Nazarian said, speaking at a UN Security Council discussion on “War and its Lessons: The Search for Lasting Peace.”

“For lasting peace it’s necessary to accept the past. The international experience shows that peoples and nations that have succeeded in reaching reconciliation have passed through the restoration of justice, which includes the elimination of consequences of such crimes,” the Ambassador said. He stressed that the international community should speak against the distortion and denial of history.

“The elimination of impunity of cruel mass crimes is essential for restoring justice,” Amb. Nazarian noted, adding that “today the crimes of genocide reoccur in different parts of the world, causing human losses, political and regional escalations.”

Karen Nazarian underlined that every society should face its history, and the international organizations, parliaments, political and religious leaders, historians, teachers and others have a role to play in the process.

Reminding that the Armenian Genocide has been recognized by a number of states and international structures (including the UN Human Rights Commission and its Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities), the Ambassador urged the UN member states to take necessary steps ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to continue the process of recognition and condemnation of this vicious crime against humanity.

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