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MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO BE OPENED IN ITALY

ArmRadio.am 19.05.2006 11:24

Memorial to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide will be opened in the capital of Italy. "To the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims. The Big Genocide, April 24, 1915," it is engraved on the memorial. The signature of the Mayor of Rome is also engraved on the monument, which means it is being erected with the support of city authorities.


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MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915 FOUNDED IN THE CENTER OF ROME

By Melania Badalian

AZG Armenian Daily
29/11/2006

November 23 was a remarkable day for the Italian Armenians. A cross-stone memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 was erected on the square of St. Nicolas church, Rome. Ambassador of Armenia to Italy Ruben Shugarian, superior of the Levonian Monastery Archimandrite Michael Muradian, prioress of the the Immaculate Conception Order Euthoxia Qeshishian, representative of the Mayor of Rome and the Commission for Culture Affairs Saverio Caleotta, as well as representatives of Italian mass media were present to the ceremony.

The ceremony was opened by the representative of the Armenian Cause in Italy Aleco Peziqian, who expressed his gratitude to Valter Veltroni and noticed that it was the second time that the Italians once again proved their devotion to the oppressed minorities by recognizing the fact of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. "We bow down before the martyrs of 1915 and promiss a peaceful and civilized struggle through patience and dialogue, being sure that we fight for values of the European civilization," he said.

Mr. Saverio Caleotta highly estimated the contribution of the Armenian community of Italy to the social life of the country. Spokesman of the Armenian Community Council Robert Atarian reminded of the legilsation bill on the Armenian Genocide adopted by the Parliament of Italy in 2000 and the declaration made by the Mayor's Counicl of Rome. Ambassador R. Shugarian thanked the Rome City Administration for such a initiative and said that the 15-year old Republic of Armenia should take example of the Italian democracy.

Mr. Caleotta and Mr. Shugarian opened the Memorial and then it was consecrated by Archimandrite Michael Muradian and Ernesto Mantara.


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