MALAGA — The City Council of Malaga, Spain, has unanimously adopted a statement officially recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia has reported.

The statement characterizes the happenings in the beginning of the previous century as a crime against humanity, which resulted in the formation of the large Armenian Diaspora.

The City Council of Malaga also expressed its support to the Armenians worldwide, at the same time noting that the City Hall will soon install an Armenian cross-stone in the central park of Malaga, dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.

Malaga is a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 569,130 in 2015, it is the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain. It lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, about 100 km (62.14 mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.

Malaga’s history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka about 770 BC.

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