Joshua Huck, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State overseeing policy for Southern Europe and the Caucasus, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex, accompanied by a group of employees of the US Embassy in Armenia, on October 25.
Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, welcomed the guests, presenting the history of the creation of the Memorial complex. She then narrated the history of the three khachkars placed in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the government of Azerbaijan in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall who died during the Artsakh struggle for survival, emphasizing the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians. She also referred to the historical and legal aspects of the Artsakh issue and described Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian actions and propaganda.
Mr. Joshua Huck laid a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, after which the accompanying guests laid flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
Mrs. Gzoyan accompanied the guests to the Memory Wall, which contains, in special niches in its reverse side, small containers of soil taken from the graves of a number of 19th and 20th century foreign public figures, politicians, intellectuals and missionaries who raised voices of protest against the massacres and deportations of Armenians carried out by the Turkish government.
Lusine Abrahamyan, AGMI Deputy Director for Museum Affairs, accompanied the guests on a tour of the Armenian Genocide Museum. They became acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions, after which Mr. Joshua Huck left a note in the Memory Book for honorable guests.
Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, expressing her thanks for their visit, presented the guest with books about the Armenian Genocide.