BRAZILIA — The Federal Senate of Brazil on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Resolution No 550/2015 was introduced by Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Senate, Federal Senator Aloizio Nunez Fereira Filio and Federal Senator Jose Sera.

The Resolution adopted by the Federal Senate of Brazil reads as follows: “The Federal Senate of Brazil recognizes the Armenian nation’s Genocide, whose 100th anniversary was observed on April 24, 2015. It pays homage to the Genocide victims and appreciates the contribution – made by the thousands of Brazilian-Armenian descendents of Armenian refugees – to the country’s social, economic and cultural life. The Senate emphasizes that never ever should any crime of genocide be forgotten in order not to be repeated.”

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia Edward Nalbandian issued a statement hailing the Brazilian top legislators’ unanimous decision to recognize the Genocide.

“The irreversible process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide continues. Armenia welcomes the adoption of a resolution on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Federal Senate of the Federal Republic of Brazil.

“With the adoption of this resolution, Brazil took a significant step that will contribute to the efforts of the international community aimed at preventing future genocides and new crimes against humanity,” reads the statement.

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