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IN A LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS ARAM I FRENCH PRESIDENT SARKOZY REAFFIRMS HIS SUPPORT FOR THE RECOGNITION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

The following is the text of the letter of President of the French Republic, H.E. Nicolas Sarkozy sent to His Holiness Aram I, English translation follows French text:


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Sa Sainteté Aram Ier
Catholicos de Cilicie
Catholicossat arménien de Cilicie
Antélias
LIBAN

Votre Sainteté,


Vous avez bien voulu m’adresser une lettre de félicitations après mon élection à la Présidence de la République française. Je tenais à vous en remercier chaleureusement.

Je mesure l’honneur que m’ont fait les Français en m’élisant à la Présidence de la République. Je ferai tout pour être digne de la confiance qu’ils m’ont témoignée.

Vous pouvez être assuré, comme l’ensemble des Arméniens à travers le monde, de la continuité de notre action envers votre peuple. Je m’attacherai à resserrer, sur tous les plans, les liens séculaires qui ont forgé l’amitié franco-arménienne et à défendre les valeurs communes qui la cimentent. Je suis sensible à votre évocation de mes prises de position concernant le Génocide. Sa reconnaissance par la Turquie constitue de mon point de vue une exigence morale. Vous pouvez comptez sur mon plein engagement à continuer de m’exprimer – et d’agir – en ce sens.

Cet engagement rejoint le combat que la France s’honore, plus largement, de mener pour les droits de l’homme. Vous me trouvez sensible aussi à votre évocation de ce combat. Il constituera un des axes prioritaire de l’action diplomatique menée sous mon autorité.

Mon engagement à faire tout ce qui j’ai annoncé pendant cette campagne concerne aussi, naturellement, la présence indéfectible de la France aux côtés du Liban. Au nom de l’amitié séculaire qui les unit, la France défendra toujours la souveraineté, l’indépendance et l’intégrité du Liban.

Je serais très heureux et honoré de pouvoir bientôt vous retrouver, lors de votre prochain déplacement en France ou lors d’une visite de ma part au Liban.

En vous renouvelant mes remerciements pour vos félicitations, je vous prie d’agréer, Votre Sainteté, l’expression de ma haute considération.

Nicoals SARKOZY


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His Holiness Aram I
Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia
Antelias, Lebanon

Your Holiness,

You were so kind as to send me a congratulatory letter upon my election as president of the Republic of France. I express my warm gratitude on this occasion.

I feel honored that the French people elected me as a president of the republic and will do my best to prove worthy of the trust shown towards me.

You and all Armenians living around the world can be assured that our approach towards the Armenian people will continue. I will exert all efforts to strengthen the centuries-old ties that have formed the French-Armenian friendship on all levels as well as defend the common values that bind that friendship.

I am touched that you referred to my position on the Genocide. In fact, I believe the recognition of the Genocide by Turkey is a moral responsibility. You can be certain that I will continue to speak out and work on this issue with full commitment.

This commitment is related to the broad struggle on human rights that France has the honor to fight. I am also touched that you refer to that struggle, which will form one of the axis of the diplomatic activities held under my authority.

Alongside the commitments I made during the electoral campaigns was a strong support of France for Lebanon. In the name of the French-Lebanese centuries-old friendship that binds the two countries together, France will always defend the sovereignty, independence and integrity of Lebanon.

It would be a great honor for me to meet you during your next trip to France or my visit to Lebanon.

Once again, I thank you for your congratulatory letter and express my profound respect to Your Holiness.

Nicoals SARKOZY


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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of the Armenian Orthodox Church. Its jurisdiction extends over the Armenian Communities in the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. The Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.

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