ROME (Noyan Tapan)–St. Nicholas Armenian Church in Rome offered a Divine Liturgy in honor of the Italian parliamentarians who expressed support towards the recognition of the Armenian Genocide on December 17. The mass was led by Vartan Bishop Boghossian–who was recently appointed the principal of Rome’s Levonian School.
Along with members of the Italian-Armenian community–representatives of the governor of Lazzio–the mayor of Rome–and other public officials and reporters were present at the ceremony. The event was organized by the Armenian community of Rome and the Armenian Ambassador of Italy.
A program honoring the parliamentarians was followed by the liturgy. Bishop Boghossian praised the efforts of the delegates and thanked them on behalf of the Armenian community. The chairman of the Italian Armenian "Zadig" Association–Graziella Falgonin stressed the resolution’s role in contributing to democracy and stability in the South Caucasus. Other speakers included an executive member of the Italian-Armenian Association–the Armenian embassy’s presidential advisor Piedro Kouchagian–and Vice-President Robert Attarian of the Armenian community of Rome.
Armenian Ambassador K. Baghdassarian read the letter of Parliament Speaker Luciano Violante–which thanked the president and government for its efforts at passing the genocide resolution unanimously.
Co-author of the resolution Giancarlo Baliarini added that the critical role of Armenian Ambassador Baghdassarian who met with all political groups and provided numerous documen’s on the validity of the genocide. Baliarani concluded by calling upon the United States–the United Kingdom and other countries to acknowledge the Armenian genocide as a crime against humanity.