President of France François Hollande in Armenia on April 24

France president Francois Hollande will come to Armenia on april 24 to commemorate the 1915 genocide of Armenians, French ambassador to Armenia Jean-Francois Charpentier said, as cited by Novosti-Armenia.

Asked to comment on Turkish president’s decision to celebrate the victory at Gallipoli on that day, the ambassador said he is not commenting on other countries’ celebration decisions.

“Every country makes its own decision who to send and where. Francois Hollande will come to Armenia. It is not clear yet who will go to Turkey”, Charpentier said.

Earlier, the Turkish press reported that president Erdogan invited his Armenian colleague to Turkey to celebrate the anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Gallipoli on April 23-24. Sargsyan said in his response the president pursues a sole aim of diverting the attention of the global community from the Armenian genocide centennial commemoration.

There are currently no diplomatic relations established between Turkey and Armenia: official Ankara closed the border in 1993. The uneasy relationship between the countries is caused particularly by Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan on Karabakh problem and Turkey’s overreaction to international recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire.

The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the twentieth century. According to Armenian and many other historians, up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed starting in 1915 in a systematic campaign by the government of Turkey. Turkey has been denying it for decades.

The Armenian genocide was recognized by tens of countries. The first was Uruguay that did so in 1965. Other nations are Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, 42 U.S. states. It was recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches and other international organizations.

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