YEREVAN (Armenpress)-The Armenian Foreign Ministry Friday said that for first time, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church referred to the 1915 killings of Armenia’s in the Ottoman Empire as Genocide. The development came Thursday when Catholicos Karekin II received a letter from the Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church expressing their deep sadness over the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
"Bulgarians and their Church, like the Armenia’s and their Church, were also subjected to severe persecution and tortures under the five century-long Ottoman yoke," read the letter. "There is a 70,000 strong Armenian community in Bulgaria, who are the heirs of Armenia’s who escaped the genocide. May the memory of the genocide victims last forever."