Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has issued a statement of apology to the Armenian community of Boston and rescinded a recent proclamation declaring February 26 Khojaly Commemoration Day. reports.

Unfortunately on our part, this was done without our typical review process, which includes conferring with all those potentially impacted,” the apology letter reads. “Following conversations with leaders of the Armenian-American community, we realize that this proclamation has been hurtful to many of you.” The Mayor praised Armenians, stressing the great contribution of our compatriots to the development of Boston. He highlighted the Armenian Heritage Park that the community has established in the heart of the city. Walsh also recalled that he participated in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide against Armenians in 2015, mentioning that he considers relations with Armenian community and Armenia very important.