At a ceremony held in the Holy See of the Armenian Church at Etchmiadzin, just outside the Armenian capital of Yerevan, the Armenian Church canonised all the victims of the 1915 atrocities, said to number 1.5 million, as saints. The ceremony was attended by the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and other state officials.
Photo: The leaders of the Armenian Church at Etchmiadzin on 23 April 2015. (picture courtesy of Regis Gente).
Armenia is marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Republic in May 1918. Alexandre Petrossian, a young political analyst based in Yerevan, reflects on the difficulties encountered by the founding fathers, and the achievements of the first republic