YEREVAN—A delegation headed by the Speaker of Uruguay Parliament Jorge Orrico visited the Dzidzernagapert Memorial Monument, where he toured the Armenian Genocide Museum laid a wreath and planted a tree.
Genocide Museum director Hayk Demoyan conducted the tour, after which Orrico signed the Commemoration Book.
“On behalf of Uruguay we reiterate our support for your struggle. It’s impossible to move forward without the resoluteness to accept the past,” he wrote.
“We are honored to be the first country to recognize the Armenian Genocide,” said Orrico during remarks delivered at the Memorial.
Orrico concluded a three-day visit to Artsakh where he met with President Bako Sahakian, members of parliament and reiterated his country’s support for recognition of the Artsakh Republic.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the current political situation is complicated and there are some disagreements regarding Nagorno Karabakh, we are willing to cooperate in a number of spheres for the maintenance of peace. Uruguay is a country of peace and we make efforts to help other countries to acquire peace on the basis of the principles of the international law, for instance on the principle of the right of self-determination of the nations and sovereignty,” said Orrico.
Uruguay was the first country to recognize the Armenian Genocide on May 27, 1965.