Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, along with First Lady Rita Sargsyan, visited Yerevan's Armenian Genocide Memorial early in the morning on Wednesday, April 24, and laid a wreath at the monument.
The President was accompanied by National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, PM Tigran Sargsyan, Constitutional Court President Gagik Harutyunyan, interim Government members, and MPs.
At the memorial, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II offered a requiem service.
Thousands of Armenian citizens, Diaspora Armenians, and foreign guests are visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial throughout the day.
Also present were the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Yerevan.
photo: Armenian leaders at the Armenian Genoicde Memorial in Yerevan on 24 April 2013. (picture courtesy of the Press Service of the president of Armenia).
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