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The 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was commemorated in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, thus making Doha the fourth city in the Gulf where Armenians made organized commemoration ceremonies, besides Kuwait, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
On 23 April 2010, the Eve of the mass arrest of the Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1915, about one hundred Armenians came together in Doha and listened to a lecture by Sevag Panosian, organized by the Council of the Armenian Community of Qatar.
At the beginning of the event, every participant carried a candle in memory of the Armenian martyrs. Documentation about the Genocide was distributed to all attendants.
Panosian stressed that the main issue of the Armenians with Turkey is the Genocide recognition and the acknowledgment of the Armenian rights on a land where our ancestors lived for thousands years and where the survivors witnessed the martyrdom of a nation and lose of historical rights.
“No one and no authority has the right to downplay the possibility of regain our rights. Our duty is to support Armenia and liberated Artsakh”, he said and called for the reconstruction of our forces in the Diaspora in order to form a pan-Diaspora representative body that will pursue the Armenian rights.
As far as the halted protocols between Armenia and Turkey, Panosian warned from continuing the process, as it is considered harmful to Armenian interests.
“Current international situation and balance of power do not allow us to reinstate our rights with complete success, but the circumstances are changeable and if we continue to struggle with determination, then we would definitely regain our rights”, he commented.
At the end of the event attendants sang together the Sartarabad victory song.
Source: Aztarar Armenian Prelacy of Kuwait publication, 30 April 2010 (with adjustments)