Armenian President Thanks AJC for Meds Yeghem Anniversary Statement

May 09, 2014, 15:01 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, in a letter to AJC received this week, thanked the global Jewish organization for its April 23rd statement commemorating the victims of the Meds Yeghern.

The full text of the April 29th letter from President  Sargsyan to AJC follows:

To American Jewish Committee
New York City, USA

We, Armenians, children of the nation that survived the catastrophe of Genocide, are grateful to all countries, organizations and individuals who put universal human values above short-term political and economic considerations of the day and explicitly recognize and condemn this horrendous crime against humanity. Historical memory and unbiased assessment of the past are important not only for being values, but also for their role in preventing this kind of crimes from happening again in the future.

Armenians and Jews have a special mission to carry out in order to prevent such atrocities. Our two peoples, as well as [the] international community as a whole, have to stand unanimously against denial, the final stage of any genocide.

I find it equally important to fight against the concepts that nurture such crimes. Only through joint efforts can we eradicate racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hate propaganda and similar vicious phenomena that inevitably lead to crimes against humanity.

I express my deep gratitude to American Jewish Committee for recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide. Your support is especially appreciated as we approach the Centennial of the Genocide.

Very sincerely,

Serzh Sargsyan
President of the Republic of Armenia

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SOURCE American Jewish Committee