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ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LEAVES FOR NEW YORK TO ATTEND UN SPECIAL SESSION DEVOTED TO 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF RELEASE OF HOSTAGES FROM CONCENTRATION CAMPS

YEREVAN, JANUARY 24. ARMINFO. Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan has left for New York to participate in a special session of the UN, today. The event is devoted to the 60th anniversary of release of hostages from, concentration camps in the course of the World War II.

Minister Oskanyan will also speak at the special session. Earlier, he reported that the major topic of his speech would be prevention of genocides through their recognition and condemnation. Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, Argentina, Canada, Israel, Armenia and Luxembourg will speak at the session. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Chairman of the 59th session of General Assembly Jean Ping will open the session. The idea of the session was supported by 150 of 191 UN member-states. The initiators are Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, the USA and EU member-states.

Wednesday, talking to journalists, Kofi Annan told that the world community must not allow repetition of the horrors at Nazis camps. The estblishment of the UN was a direct result of the Holocaust, he said.

Executive for Human Rights in the Russia Federation Vladimir Lukin is also expected to make a speech at the session. Photo-exhibitions telling about the horrors suffered by the hostages of Osvencim and Majdanek will be held at the foyer of UN headquarters.

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