The Armenian delegation at the UN Human Rights Council introduces a resolution for preventing Genocide
100 LIVES: What is the significance of Armenian Genocide Centennial in this context?
P.K.: In 2015 the Genocide of Armenians (whose historical and political reality has been acknowledged and cannot be denied, although the legal qualification is still forthcoming) received widespread media coverage. As for the events that took place in Armenia proper, I would note that four heads of states, two of which are members of the UN Security Council, attended the commemoration ceremony on April 24. That’s not bad. But considering the nature of this event and the significance it has for humanity as a whole at a time when similar crimes are taking place, it’s difficult to refrain from some disappointing conclusions.
We are clearly seeing a gap between actions and words: the states announce their intentions, but show no real zeal or sensitivity toward the problem of impunity. Far from all leaders of states affected by the Armenian Genocide came to Yerevan. Take, for example, Great Britain. As you remember, back on May 24, 1915, it signed, together with Russia and France, a famous political declaration. Thanks to Great Britain, following World War I 120 Young Turks guilty of mass murders were imprisoned in Malta. Or the United States, which played a very important role in the design of the Treaty of Sèvres while the war was still going on. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson got personally involved in Armenia’s fate by making a number of arbitration decisions. These countries preferred to watch the commemoration event in Yerevan from the sidelines.