Ambassador Jaap Frederiks, Chargé d'affaires of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Armenia, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial on September 26, accompanied by embassy staff.
The delegation was greeted by Lusine Abrahamyan, 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. She also told the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall during the Artsakh war, emphasising the connection between what happened then and the Armenian Genocide.
Ambassador Jaap Frederiks laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument 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.
AGMI Deputy Director Lusine Aprahamyan accompanied the guests to the Memory Wall, which contains, in special niches in its reverse, 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.
The guests also toured the Armenian Genocide Museum and became acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions, after which Ambassador Jaap Frederiks left a note in the Memory Book for honoured guests.