COMMEMORATION EVENT HELD IN SOCHI
All 113 people on board of the A-320 plane of Armavia Company of
Yerevan-Sochi flight died as a result of the crash in the Black Sea on
May 3. Some of the relatives had difficulties with leaving for Sochi
to participate in the commemoration ceremony to mark 40 days after
the tragedy. Many were afraid to fly in a plane. The Presidency of
Armenian-Russian and Armenian-Georgian Business Cooperation Association
undertook the resolution of the complex issue.
For 14 years the border between Georgia and Abkhazia has been closed,
only international peacekeeping forces are allowed to move along
the highway. An exception is made also for settlers of neighboring
Georgian and Abkhazian villages. The tragic death of the passengers
and crew of the A-320 upset not only our Russian colleagues, but
also our Georgian and Abkhazian neighbors. The will of many of the
relatives to participate in the commemoration ceremony could have
stayed unfulfilled if the Russian, Georgian and Abkhazian authorities
did not allow to travel via the car way.
This exceptional; transportation of more than 70 people in three
buses became possible due to the efforts of the Presidency of
Armenian-Russian and Armenian-Georgian Business Cooperation
Co-Chair of the Armenian side, MP Volodya Badalyan did not conceal
that this unprecedented cooperation can serve as an impetus for
reinforcement of interethnic peace.
Before reaching to Sochi from Georgia throughout Abkhazian territory,
on June 13 a commemoration liturgy was served at St. Gevorg Church
The relatives of the victims reached the site of the tragedy 6
kilometers away from the shore in the "Dagamis" catamaran. Very
quickly the surface of the sea at the site of disaster was covered
with a dense mass of flowers and wreaths. The next place of gathering
was the newly constructed St. Sargis Church of Sochi, in the yard of
which the memorial to victims will be erected.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress