ArmInfo.The interstate ties between Armenia and Greece are at a very high level, and Yerevan hopes to establish productive economic cooperation on this favorable ground. This was stated by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on November 5 at a meeting with the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who arrived in Armenia on an official visit.
According to Pashinyan, he with particular pleasure remembers the meeting with Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in September this year, at the UN headquarters. "We had the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and agree on upcoming plans with the Greece Prime Minister," Pashinyan said, noting that a tripartite assembly is expected to be held in Yerevan in January 2020 with the participation of Cyprus.
As the head of the RA government pointed out, Armenia has a special attitude towards Greece. "The Armenian people with particular significance remember the fact that Greece recognized the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1996. At the same time, in 2015, the Armenian parliament officially recognized and condemned the Genocide of the Greeks and Assyrians in the Ottoman Empire. I think this fact creates the basis for a joint search for cooperation on global security, "he said.
Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in turn, noted that he appreciates and supports the efforts of Armenia towards the international recognition of genocides. "We are pleased that the House of Representatives of the United States Congress recently adopted an overwhelming majority of the resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide," he said, stressing that these efforts are supported by Greece not for revenge, but to ensure that such crime never happens again.
To recall, in March 2015, the National Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia unanimously voted for a resolution on the recognition and condemnation of the Genocide of Greeks and Assyrians in Ottoman Turkey. "Guided by resolution 96 (1) of the UN General Assembly of December 11, 1946," UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide "of December 9, 1948," UN Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity "of 26 November 1968, as well as relevant principles and provisions in all other international human rights acts, taking into account the friendly relations of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian peoples, coming from the depths of centuries, the National Assembly of Armenia declares that it condemns the Genocide of the Greeks and Assyrians in Ottoman Turkey, "the resolution says. The text of the resolution was prepared by representatives of all six factions of the Armenian Parliament.
The Genocide of the Assyrian people was carried out by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. According to various sources, about 800 thousand Assyrians were killed.
Ethnic purges against the Greek population of Turkey were actively carried out by Turkish nationalists and under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) during the Greek-Turkish war of 1919-1922. It was May 19, 1919 - the day of the landing of Kemal in Samsun, when the beginning of the second wave of massacre was marked, is commemorated as the day of Genocide of the Pontic Greeks. The number of victims of the Genocide of the Pontic Greeks, according to various estimates, ranges from 350 thousand to 1.2 million people.