The monument of the victims of the genocide of the Armenians “Lanterns of Memory” will be inaugurated in the Trembley Park in Geneva on April 13, Bluewin.ch reported.
The Geneva Court of Justice rejected in January the appeal of people living near the park, who opposed to the presence of the work. They denounce the fact that the green space that serves as a place for relaxation is becoming politicized.
Their lawyer, National Councilor Yves Nidegger, announced Friday to have appealed to the Federal Court (TF) to examine the case from this angle.
At one point there was some question of installing the memorial in the park of the Ariana Museum, near the United Nations. The Federal Council finally challenged the location.
According to Mr. Nidegger, “The Street Lamps of Memory” are to be inaugurated on April 24 – the day of commemoration of the victims of the Genocide of the Armenian people.
This memorial is composed of nine street lamps, almost ten meters high, ending at the end with a teardrop bulb.
Recall that by the Council of People’s Commissars of Soviet Union December 29, 1917 decree proclaimed the rights of Armenians of the occupied territories of “Turkish Armenia” (Western Armenia) and the freedom of self-determination up to full independence.
And on January 19, 1920 the Allied Supreme Council at Paris Conference de facto and on May 11, 1920 at San Remo Conference de jure recognized the Armenian state in Western Armenia as an independent and sovereign state which boundary with Turkey was the subject of an arbitral award by the United States President Woodrow Wilson on November 22, 1920
Note, that the State of Western Armenia is not recognized by UN authorities because it is occupied by Turkey.
As a reminder, in the occupied territories of Western Armenia from 1894 to 1923 the Armenian indigenous population was subjected to Genocide by three Turkish governments.