Lawmakers in the lower house of the Dutch parliament approved the motion recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
The motions authored by Joel Voordewind were supported by majority in the parliament.
Acting Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said that the Dutch government would not follow the parliament’s lead. Kaag says the Cabinet will “continue to exercise restraint”.
Acting Minister said that the Dutch cabinet member will be present in Yerevan in April at the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Leading Armenian chess player Levon Aronian is the winner of the Gibraltar Masters Tournament.
Armenian grandmaster was stronger than Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final tiebreak.
The three rounds of the Rapid Chess Tournament ended in a draw, but Aronian won during the fourth round.In Gibraltar Masters Tournament were taking part 274 chess players from 50 countries.
28-th of January Armenia is celebrating Army Day. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces.
In September 1990, the Supreme Council of Armenia adopted a decision on forming a Special Regiment within the Internal Affairs Ministry of the time; and with the government’s decision, the Committee of Defense was formed on May 4, 1991.
On January 28, 1992, the Government of Armenia adopted the decision On the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, and this became the beginning for the formation of the Armenian Armed Forces.
And on September 25, 2002, the National Assembly made an amendment in the Law on Holidays and Memorial Days, whereby Army Day became a non-working day in Armenia.
The first phase for the formation of the Armenian army, however, is considered to be from 1988 to 1992, when there was a challenge of ensuring the safety of the people of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh); at the time, volunteer detachments were carrying out this task.
The Temple of Garni is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia. A Ionic temple located in the village of Garni, Armenia, it is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.
The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. After Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. According to some scholars it was not a temple but a tomb and thus survived the universal destruction of pagan structures. It collapsed in a 1679 earthquake. Renewed interest in the 19th century led to excavations at the site in early and mid-20th century and its eventual reconstruction between 1969 and 1975. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Armenia and the central shrine of Armenian neopaganism.
The temple is at the edge of a triangular cliff which overlooks the ravine of the Azat River and the Gegham mountains. It is part of the fortress of Garni.One of the oldest fortresses in Armenia, it is mentioned as Gorneas in the first-century Annals of Tacitus. The fortress was strategically significant for the defense of the major cities in the Ararat plain. The site is in the village of Garni, in Armenia's Kotayk Province and includes the temple, a Roman bath with a partly preserved mosaic floor with a Greek inscription, a royal summer palace, the seventh century church of St. Sion and other minor items.
The precise construction date of the temple is unknown and is subject to debate. The dominant view is that it was built in 77 AD, during the reign of king Tiridates I of Armenia. The date is calculated based on a Greek inscription, discovered by artist Martiros Saryan in 1945 in the fortress wall, which names Tiridates the Sun (Helios) as the founder of the temple.