Dear friends, dear compatriots..
An outstanding representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Daron Jerejian.
Mandelieu-Mayor of La Napula, Honorary President of the memorial ceremony Mr. Sebastian Leroy
Ladies and gentlemen, elected officials of the Republic
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia Dear Vardan Srmakesh
President of the Association of Veterans of France and Resistance of Armenian Origin Jean Kazarosian
Chairman of the National Association of Armenian Fighters and Supporters, Mr. Vrej Aprahamian.
The Chairman of the Flag Bearers, Mr. Jean-Jacques Guy
Ladies and gentlemen, veterans and heads of the formed bodies, civil and military security,
Mandelieu is the Chairman of the Armenian circle of La Napula, Mrs. Caroline Ohanesian.
Ladies and gentlemen leaders of the Association,
Ladies and gentlemen flag bearers,
Let me express my gratitude to all of you for your loyalty and solidarity on this day of remembrance of the victims of the genocide committed against the Armenian people from 1894 to 1923.
Who could have believed that it would take 30 years from the successive Turkish occupation governments to implement a program of extermination of the indigenous Armenians of Western Armenia, who, having lived and survived on their territory for thousands of years, created a civilization?
Who would have thought that this crime was used against the indigenous Armenian people and their state, which was de facto recognized by the allied and United Powers on January 19, 1920, and de jure on May 11, 1920, and which, during the belligerent actions of the Entente forces, fighting with them for the preservation of the values of humanity and civilization, gave more than 500,000 of their sons.
Meanwhile, it was these forces that allowed criminal Turkey to become a member of the UN without respect for international agreements and treaties, and Western Armenia still remains in the court of the international community.
Who can believe that in 2020, for thousands of years, the Armenians of Artsakh located on their territory will become the so-called separatist minority of the state called Azerbaijan, which was formed in March 1920 after the pogroms of the same indigenous population on their territory?
Who would have thought that after 2020, which ended with the bloodshed of Armenians during the 44-day war, the purpose of which was not to allow Armenians around the world to claim their legitimate rights to the territorial integrity of their state -Western Armenia in 2022?
On February 25, it was Ukraine’s turn to be subjected to heavy shelling by the Russian armed forces, almost eight years after the undeclared war of the Ukrainian regime against the Russian-speaking population of Donbass and Lugansk region.
Who would have thought that precisely because international law does not apply, the Genocide of Armenians and other crimes against humanity will continue today. Yesterday, ISIS jihadists in Syria, Iraq, and today in Artsakh, with the support of major powers, the European Community, persecute and destroy civilians – Armenians, Yezidis, Assyro-Chaldeans and others.
To the point that the main characters today are trying to falsify international law by organizing a new war to revise the Treaty of Sevres, then with new borders that did not exist before, then with the dismantling of the Republic of Armenia in 1920, the current illegal legislation after the actual approval of the territorial occupation of Western Armenia by Turkey.
So yes, “genocide against the territory” – the luxury of mass murder continues before your eyes. The Genocide of Armenians has never been a matter of memory or history, as some would like to assure us, it is a matter of urgency.
And, this issue is more relevant because international law is not respected in this dizzying rush, which we want to condemn, which leads to a catastrophe for the entire planet.
So, here is the reality, the truth, which is distorted, falsified, grossly denied, constantly denied by unscrupulous people, in order to crush or disfigure the Armenian people for thousands of years, centuries, until its final destruction.
Western Armenia is working against these attempts of annihilation in its daily struggle, of which I am the President.
That is why we want to pay tribute to the memory of the former Vice-Mayor of Mouans Sartoux, Mr. André Aschieri, who left us at the end of December 2021, who was the first to clarify the bill on the recognition of the Genocide of Armenians of May 13, 1998. The proposal, which, in 2001, turned into the recognition of the Genocide of Armenian people, while as a crime against humanity, this genocide is not Armenian, this genocide is Turkish.
Indeed, without values, memory, justice and without compensation for damage, the world will certainly dive into the darkness. And it is for these reasons that we are still together.
Mr. Mayor, I would like to congratulate you on this day of solidarity for the quality and greatness that you were able to give to this nationwide celebration on April 24.
Dear compatriots and dear friends, I want to express my respect to your brotherhood,
Long live France, long live the French people,
Long live Western Armenia, long live Artsakh, long live the Armenian people.
Chairman of the National Council of Western Armenia.