YEREVAN — Armenia has welcomed the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Senate of Paraguay.

The Chamber of Senators of Paraguay unanimously adopted a declaration Thursday recognizing the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923 and denouncing it as crime against humanity according to the Senate’s website.

The bill was presented by Senators Pedro Santa Cruz, Victor Bogado, Arnoldo Wiens, Eduardo Petta San Martin, Carlos Amarilla, Miguel Abdon Saguier, Arnaldo Giuzzio, Roberto Acevedo and Sixto Pereira.

Expressing appreciation of this step, Armenia Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said that the Paraguay Senate has made an important contribution to the international community’s efforts to prevent crimes against humanity.

The minister said that the continuous expansion of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide proves that crimes against humanity do not have statute of limitations and even a century after the Armenian Genocide the humanity continues to recognize and condemn that hideous crime.

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