On March 17, the People’s Council of Syria held a special session dedicated to 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad Jihad al-Laham opened the session. In his remarks, he mentioned, “Looming days coincide with Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, that was committed by the Ottomans against friendly Armenian people. In this regard, we express our absolute solidarity with friendly Armenian people, as well as our Syrian Armenian compatriots, who fell victims to the heinous genocide by the Ottoman authorities. Today we recall the most horrible and tragic remembrance known to the history. We call on the international community and all the peoples in the world to be side by side against the murderers, executioner and terrorism, that pose threat to the Middle East – in order to prevent further crimes against humanity, civilization and history.”
Afterwards, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham requested the parliamentarians of the People’s Council of Syria to observe one-minute of silence in the memory of more than 1.5 million innocent victims.
During the session more that 20 parliamentarians, representing different fractions, and chairpersons of the permanent commissions delivered speeches, strongly condemning the grave crime committed against the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire, at the same time, calling upon the international community to condemn the first genocide against humanity committed in the 20th century.