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Armenia welcomes German President’s statement on Armenian Genocide

Armenia has welcomed the statement of German President Joachim Gauck on the occasion of the 100tha anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

“With this step Germany pays tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenians killed in the Ottoman Empire under the cover of the World War First,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.

“President Gauck’s statement is important not only from the point of view of recognition and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, but is also a contribution to the joint efforts of the international community to prevent crimes against humanity.

In his speech at the Berlin Cathedral, Gauck said “Germany condemns the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as a genocide,” adding that Germany bore partial blame for the bloodletting.”

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