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مطرانية الارمن الارثوذكس في العراق

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Commemoration of the Sumgait pogrom in Baghdad

The Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Iraq, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Iraq and the Armenian National Committee of Iraq, commemorated on the 11th of March 2022 the 34th anniversary of the crimes and massacres which were carried out against the Armenian citizens in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait between 27th-29th of February 1988. Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Dr. Avak Asadourian, head of the Armenian Orthodox sect in Iraq, at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Baghdad, after which wreaths were laid at the cross-stone memorial (the khachkar) in the churchyard. After the liturgy, a symposium was held for this painful memory at the Gulbenkian Hall of the Armenian School, during which speeches were delivered about the events of Sumgait and they discussed the causes, facts and consequences of the occurrence of these massacres, as well as the Azerbaijani violations against the cultural and historical heritage of the Armenians which continues until today. A documentary film about the massacres was shown, the researcher, Dr. Jawad Al-Baydani, make a speech on this occasion, and then His Excellency Archbishop Avak Asadourian make the final speech in which he thanked the organizers of this symposium and the attendees. The Zvartnots’ choir of hymns sang the Iraqi and Armenian national anthems. The symposium was attended by the Minister of Migration and Displacement, Mrs. Ivan Faeq, Chargé d’Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Iraq, Mr. Alek Gharibian, Deputy of the Diwan of the Christian Endowment, Mr. Raad Jabbar and his accompanying delegation, Father Kevork Arshakian, Dr. Jawad Al-Baidai, Deputy Central Administrative Committee Mr. Vartan Vartanian and its members , representatives of associations, clubs and committees belonging to the sect, employees of the Archdiocese and other attendees.

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