President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos praised the recent vote of the US House of Representatives to recognize the Armenian genocide during his official visit to Armenia on Tuesday.
“We the Greeks welcome the fact that the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide is significantly expanding, with the best example being the recent resolution of the US House of Representatives,” he said in a statement to Armenpress, Armenia’s news agency.
Pavlopoulos, along with First Lady Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi, visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia to pay homage to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
“The memory of the Armenian Genocide must be preserved; if genocides were to be forgotten these crimes would happen again. This is a message from Yerevan to everyone,” Pavlopoulos stressed.
The President also referred to Greek-Armenian relations in his statement, saying that they are based on a lasting friendship, mutual understanding and creative cooperation.
Pavlopoulos noted that the warm relations between the two countries are so harmonious that they go beyond the bilateral framework and extend into the wider field of international cooperation.
“And this is because we generally have the same views on many important international issues, and specifically on the defense of peace, fundamental human rights and social justice, based on the implementation of international law,” he added.
At the same time, Pavlopoulos referred to the Trilateral Cooperation of Greece, Cyprus and Armenia, noting that this agreement had begun with addressing diaspora issues but then gained a much broader momentum, leading to truly multi-faceted cooperation between the three countries.
“But the foundations of the very sincere friendship and close cooperation between Greece and Armenia are also based on the moments of suffering endured by our nations. Moments that we should not forget,” Pavlopoulos concluded.