On April 4, the delegation led by Davor Ivo Stier, head of the Croatia-Armenia Friendship Group of the Croatian Parliament, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial, accompanied by Hayk Mamijanyan, the head of the Armenia-Croatia Friendship Group of the RA NA.
The delegation was greeted by Lusine Abrahamyan, the AGMI Deputy Director for Museum Affairs, who narrated the history of the creation of the Memorial. She also presented the guests with the history of the three khachkars placed in the Tsitsernakaberd area in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku in the last century organised by the Azerbaijani government, and the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of Hushapat during the Artsakh war, emphasizing the connection between what happened and the Armenian Genocide.
The guests put flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
Mrs. Abrahamyan also presented the history and significance of Hushapat, which contains (in special niches which house small jugs) soil samples collected from the graves of a number of foreign public figures, politicians, intellectuals, dignitaries and missionaries who raised their voices in protest against the widespread massacres and deportations of Armenians carried out by the Turkish government authorities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Croatian guests also toured the Armenian Genocide Museum and got acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions there, after which Mr. Davor Ivo Stier made notes in the Memory Book for Honourable Guests.