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Uruguay President urges Turkey to face dark pages of its history
January 21, 2015 - 16:11 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The outgoing President of Uruguay pledged to cooperate in organizing the Armenian Genocidecentenary commemorative events, Causa Armenia reports.
As Jose Mujica stated at the farewell meeting with the country's Armenian community, he's ready to take every possible effort and brave the displeasure of Ankara to contribute to the recognition of the crime against humanity.
"Solution of this painful issue might be prevented by state interests. However, the least Turkey can do today is face the dark pages of its history and accept the autrocities committed," the outgoing leader stressed.
Recognition of the Armenian Genocide by various world parliaments was spearheaded by Uruguay's Parliament, when in 1965 it became the first country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
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President of Uruguay Jose Mujica received the delegation of representatives of civil and religious organization of the Armenian community, which is preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President's Press Office reported.
During the meeting President Mujika highlighted the contribution of Uruguayan citizens of Armenian origin, and recalled that "Uruguay was the first to recognize the Armenian Genocide."
Referring to countries, which refuse to recognize the crime, the President said "recognition of the Armenian Genocide is one of the pending cases facing our poor humanity."
President José Mujica accepted the invitation of the Armenian community organizations to join the Committee to Commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide as an honorable member, once he leaves office on 1 March 2015.
"We cannot change the past, but we have to learn from it and recognize the atrocities that men have perpetrated to avoid such crimes in the future," the President said.
He stressed the importance of learning to live together, to tolerate and understand that we cannot live if we fail to respect diversity in the world.
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