French President Macron Declares April 24 Commermoration Day of Armenian Genocide

Macron Personally Informed Erdogan

French President Emmanuel Macron has declared April 24 as a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Macron announced his decision on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, while speaking to the Armenian community at a dinner in Paris. “France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killing of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognized it in law.”

In his speech he called for “the citizens of tomorrow to be fully aware of the truths of the past” and protected against all forms of denial. Macron also took to Twitter to announce the decision on declaring April 24, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Turkey reacted very negatively but Macron said that he had informed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the decision to declare April 24th a National Day of Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in advance.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF), where he announced the initiative, he said he informed Erdogan in advance because “he wanted to keep an open dialogue with Turkey,” Euronews reported. “We have disagreements over the fight against the Islamic State, human rights, and civil liberties in Turkey and on the genocide,” Macron said. “We also have points of agreement such as the necessity for a political transition in Syria. As such, dialogue with Turkey is indispensable,” Macron said.

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