YEREVAN, September 13. / ARKA /. The Armenian government decided today to release 24.5 million drams to "Museum-Institute of Armenian Genocide" state non-profit organization for preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to be marked in 2015.
The money will be used to secure the work of the secretariat and an expert group of a state commission set up to coordinate the centenary of the Genocide. Part of it will be used to award winners of a contest for designing the emblem and slogan of the anniversary, and preparation of the official website of the State Commission.
The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the twentieth century. Turkey has been denying it for decades. The Armenian genocide was recognized by tens of countries. The first was Uruguay that did so in 1965. Other nations are Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, 42 U.S. states. The Armenian Genocide was recognized by the Vatican, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches and other international organizations. -0-