4TH SESSION OF THE STATE COMMISSION ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

The 4th session of the State Commission on Coordination on the events dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was held at Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex on May 27. The session was presided over by the Chairman of the Commission and the President of the RA Serzh Sargsyan. The meeting was convened with an expanded staff. Along with the committee members, the session was also attended by representatives of various regional committees dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, experts, RA diplomatic representatives, Primates of the Armenian Apostolic Church Dioceses, members of the clergy from the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenian Catholic Church of Cilicia and the Armenian Evangelical World Council. In his opening speech, RA President stated that following the first session, over the past three years, massive organizational and preparatory work has been carried out as part of the Centenary events of the Armenian Genocide both in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora. Speeches were also made by NKR President Bako Sahakyan, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Nerses Bedros XIX, the Catholic Patriarch of the House of Cilicia, Hovel Mikayelyan, Chairman of the Armenian Evangelical World Council, Gagik Harutyunyan, President of RA Constitutional Court, Edward Nalbandyan, RA Minister of Foreign Affairs, representatives of traditional parties - Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADLP), Social Democrat Hnchakian Party (SDHP), as well as leaders of the largest Pan-Armenian structures. AGBU President Berge Setrakian’s message was presented by AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, who was present at the fourth session of the State Commission on coordinating the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The participants of the session were also presented the logo of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Forget-Me-Not Flo-wer, designed by a working group established by the State Commission. The day before the session, a conference of regional committee leaders and representatives, on the Coordination of the events dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, took place. Participants of the meeting visited the Tsitsernakaberd Complex and laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial. Vigen Sargsyan, Chief of Staff of RA President’s office, member and coordinator of State Commission on Coordination of the events dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. RA Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan, Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) Hayk Demoyan, representatives of regional committees – head of France Regional Committee Alexis Govciyan (AGBU Europe Chairman), Ara Torosyan, co-president of French-Armenian Organizations Coordinating Council in Paris, Berdj Terzian, head of Egypt Regional Committee (AGBU Egypt District Committee Chairman) and others. They presented works carried out, as well as upcoming project in the in various countries around the world, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.