Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Thousands commemorate Armenian Genocide in Ottawa

Ankara offers condolences to families of victims of 1915 events Erdogan says Turkey shares 'historical pain of Armenian citizens'
Glenn Montgomery | 27 April, 2018, 00:57

At the Hollywood and Fairfax District events, Armenians and their supporters carried flags and signs, denouncing the genocide and calling on the United States to officially recognize it.

"I am here today on behalf of the USA people to remember and commemorate all those who lost their lives in one of the great atrocities of the 20th century", he told reporters at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.

We will press ahead with our work to end USA complicity in Ankara's obstruction of justice, in order to put in place a USA policy that actively pressures Ankara to abandon its denials, reckon with its responsibilities, and engage directly with Armenian stakeholders toward a truthful, just, and comprehensive worldwide resolution of this crime against humanity. "And it's not fair because we have such a large Armenian community here in America".

On Tuesday, the Armenians honor the memory of people killed in the genocide, which started in Ottoman Empire in 1915.

More than 100 US lawmakers signed a letter calling on Trump to acknowledge during this year's anniversary that Meds Yeghern was genocide.

The US president, just as before, used an Armenian term translated as "a great tragedy".

The Chamber of Deputies (lower house of the Parliament) of the Czech Republic approved on April 25, 2017, a resolution, condemning the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Turkey.

"Besides all these points, we think it is in line with common sense that the statement made by the USA president remained within global legal norms and did not refer to baseless genocide allegations", it added.

Over 25 countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide, including a dozen of our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies the European Union, and, of course, Pope Francis.

In a statement to mark Armenian Remembrance Day, Trump said the USA recalled "the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered".

Erdogan said Turkey in the future will continue to "share the pain and try to find solutions" to the problems of the country's ethnic Armenian citizens.

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