Armenian Genocide Conference Kicks Off at the Sorbonne

French Minister of Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem — accompanied by historian Yves Ternon, President of the Academie de Paris François Weil, and President of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur — greets Mourad Papazian at the Sorbonne ahead of delivering a keynote speech to open an academic conference on the Armenian Genocide. March 25, 2015. (Photo: Nouvelles d’Arménie)

PARIS—An international conference organized by the International Scientific Council for the study of the Armenian Genocide (CSI) titled, “Genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the Great War, 1915-2015: One Hundred Years of Research” opened at the Sorbonne on March 25. The three day conference is held under the patronage of French President Francois Hollande.

This exceptional event has brought together dozens of renowned researchers and historians from around the world.

French Minister of Education and Research, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, inaugurated the international symposium, delivering a powerful speech recounting the dark hours of the first genocide of the twentieth century. She said, “The rigorous study of sources, testimonies of survivors, and documents have established the truth of the Armenian Genocide.”

Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem will attend the commemorations of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan on April 24 with President Hollande.

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