Today, on 26 April, JACES partner delegations of more than 10 countries arrived in Armenia on the occasion of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, marched in procession to Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex headed by Mihran Poghosyan, RA Chief Compulsory Enforcement Officer, Major-General of Justice, and paid a tribute by a minute's silence to the memory of innocent martyrs of the Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians in 1915. Representatives of foreign delegations approached and laid a flower each to form a wreath in the shape of a forget-me-not by completing the symbol of commemoration of martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
By invitation of the RA Chief Compulsory Enforcement Officer, the President of the International Union of Judicial Officers, delegates of corresponding structures from Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Serbia, Georgia, Artsakh carried badges with forget-me-nots that symbolise the Armenian Genocide.
Afterwards, a ceremony of intercession for martyr saints of the Genocide was performed by Ter Hakob priest Khachatryan — spiritual pastor of Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral — and other participant clergymen, with the participation of the "Havatamq" Choir of Mother Cathedral.
Members of the delegations also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, got acquainted with documentary materials, as well as watched a movie telling about Genocide and made notes in register for honoured guests. In the Museum, they were presented with books titled “Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage in the World Press''.
President of the International Union of Judicial Officers Leo Neten and Director of the Federal Bailiffs' Service – Chief Bailiff of the Russian Federation Artur Parfenchikov watered fir-trees in the Memorial Park that they planted in the course of their visits made to Armenia in 2014 and 2011, respectively.
We would remind you that invitations to visit Armenia for the purpose participating in the events dedicated to the commemoration of victims of the Armenian Genocide were sent out to the heads of the structures of a number of partner countries of the RA JACES, who addressed to the Armenian people and their colleague condemning the Genocide, sharing grief of the Armenian people, as well as showing sympathy.