Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday decried crimes against "civilization" and demanded an apology from Turkey as his country marked the 105th anniversary of the WWI-era Armenian genocide.
Today all Armenians commemorate the 105th anniversary of the #ArmenianGenocide, a crime not only against our ethnic identity, but also against mankind. On April 24, united we stand to remember our past, to celebrate 1.5 million lives and to prevent inhumane acts in the future. pic.twitter.com/OTo4xSergF— Nikol Pashinyan (@NikolPashinyan) April 24, 2020
The genocide is a "crime not only against our ethnic identity, but also against human civilisation," Pashinyan said in a message after laying flowers at a genocide memorial in the capital Yerevan.
Armenian Apostolic Church leader Catholicos Garegin II, second left, and other Armenian Apostolic Church clerics, observe social distancing guidelines as they attend a memorial service to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the massacre in Yerevan, Armenia, on Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP)
Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart during World War I in what amounted to genocide, a claim supported by some 30 countries.
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