Armenia has welcomed a ruling by the Brazilian Senate that recognises the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
In the resolution the Brazilian Senate expresses its “solidarity with the Armenian people during the course of the centenary of the campaign of extermination of its population” and states that “the Senate recognizes the Armenian Genocide, whose centenary was commemorated on April 24, 2015.”
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said “it is an important move supporting the international community’s efforts towards prevention of genocides and new crimes against humanity”.
James Onnig Tamdjian, Director of Politics and International Relations of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Brazil, also recognised the significance of the move telling Prensa Armenia, “[the] statement of the plenary of the Senate is the most important in the history of the Armenian Cause in Brazil.”
“It is an important sign that all political parties have joined and offered their solidarity in the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide,” he added.