The Council of Paris voted unanimously yesterday a vow about a hundred years of the Armenian Genocide. A paper presented by Catherine VIEU-CHARIER Advisor Paris Deputy Mayor in charge of memory and fighting world and Patrick Klugman Deputy International Relations and Francophonie.
Considering that 2015 will be a year of special significance with respect to the memory of the genocide that marked the twentieth century;
Whereas April 24, 1915 began the genocide that would lead to the killing methodically organized one million and five hundred thousand Armenians;
Whereas the city of Paris hosted in 1915, scores of survivors of the genocide, a large part moved first in the ninth arrondissement, which today still end presence of the Armenian Diaspora and the we continue to call “Little Armenia”;
Whereas, by the law of 29 January 2001, France has publicly recognized the genocide of 1915;
Whereas the city of Paris is strongly committed to the work memory of genocide;
Whereas, despite the historical evidence, the denial of the Armenian Genocide, the first of the twentieth century, continues to thrive and that the persistence of this denial is an insult to the memory of the victims and the dignity of their descendants;
Whereas the Armenian community in Paris contributed to development, culture and reputation of our city;
Whereas the city of Paris has signed a cooperation agreement with the city of Yerevan November 10, 1998, reinforced by an October 2011 amendment;
Patrick Klugman and Catherine VIEU-CHARIER issue on behalf of the municipal executive vow:
That the city of Paris, in conjunction with the Republic of Armenia, the Mission 2015 CCAF and Armenian organizations in Paris, commemorating the centenary of the Armenian genocide, with plans to distribute, to know and to understand the reality genocide and fight its negation.
The ninth arrondissement of Paris, given its history of reception of genocide survivors, is closely involved in the organization of such activities;
A large exhibition on the Armenian genocide to be held at the City Hall in the first half 2015, and Paris hosts on this occasion some of the collections of the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan;
Educational work that is engaged in connection with the National Education, in Parisian schools to promote awareness of the genocide of Armenians and awareness of the history of the Armenian genocide survivor community, which is an integral part of history of Paris, particularly the ninth arrondissement;
That the City of Paris valued associative initiatives to know the reality of the genocide of the Armenians and the contribution of Paris to the development and reputation of our city;
The Mayor travel to Yerevan in the framework of the celebrations to be organized by the Republic of Armenia throughout 2015.
The ninth arrondissement of Paris (Delphine Bürkli its mayor in the picture) and the 2015 mission of CFC (Alexis Govciyan, chairman of the mission and the first deputy mayor of the ninth) mentioned in the vow.
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