22 September 2014. On Monday, upon his arrival in Athens His Holiness Aram I received the news of the destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor (Syria).
The Catholicos said that the destruction of the Church, the Museum and the compound, executed on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide and on the day of the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Armenia, was a premeditated crime. The Catholicos declared that although the perpetrators destroyed the Memorial in Der Zor, they will not be able to erase the symbol and meaning of the desert of Der Zor from the minds of Armenians.
He then appealed to political and religious leaders to condemn the act and draw it to the attention of the world.