Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday decried crimes against “civilization” and demanded an apology from Turkey as his country marked the 105th anniversary of the WWI-era Armenian genocide.
Today all Armenians commemorate the 105th anniversary of the #ArmenianGenocide, a crime not only against our ethnic identity, but also against mankind. On April 24, united we stand to remember our past, to celebrate 1.5 million lives and to prevent inhumane acts in the future.
The genocide is a “crime not only against our ethnic identity, but also against human civilisation,” Pashinyan said in a message after laying flowers at a genocide memorial in the capital Yerevan.
In a short video address at the memorial, Pashinyan said that after more than a century, “the consequences of the genocide have not been eliminated.”
Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart during World War I in what amounted to genocide, a claim supported by some 30 countries.
Last month, Armenia –which has reported 1,596 coronavirus cases and 27 deaths – declared a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the infection.