On Thursday 3 September 2009, His Holiness Aram I expressed his appreciation to Mr Marius Garoyan, President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus during a reception organized in his honor. In the presence of Cypriot, Lebanese and Armenian officials and members of the brotherhood His Holiness said: “Mr Garoyan is a political leader who has been able to locate the just demands of the rights of the Greek Cypriot and the Armenian people from Turkey within the current geopolitical context. Declarations and Conventions on genocide and human rights become ossified unless justice is actualized. Recent agreements regarding open frontiers and good neighbourliness cannot over-shadow evidence of the Armenian Genocide. Demanding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a collective responsibility because we are accountable to our martyrs.” At the end of his message, Catholicos Aram I decorated Mr. Garoyan with the highest award of the Catholicosate, “Knight of Cilicia”.
Mr Marius Garoyan thanked His Holiness Aram I and reaffirmed his commitment to the just causes of the people of Cyprus and the Armenians in Lebanon and the Diaspora. He said that these two just demands from Turkey should be pursued simultaneously.
The evening ended with a visit to the Martyr’s Chapel where the distinguished guest paid his tribute to the memory of the martyrs of the Armenian genocide.